How to Keep Pets Safe on the 4th of July

How to Keep Pets Safe on the 4th of July

If we could ask them, every pet would probably say that the 4th of July is their least favorite holiday. The weather is hot, the noises are loud, and almost everywhere feels unsafe for pets. For this reason, taking extra precautions on the 4th of July holiday is important to keep your pet safe and comfortable.
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6 Fourth of July Safety Tips for Pets

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1. Microchip Your Pet

Pets get easily frightened by fireworks. As a result, the 4th of July is a day when pets commonly get scared, run away, and go missing. Before the holiday, be sure your pet’s collar ID tags are current and readable. You should also seriously consider outfitting your pet with a microchip which provides them with permanent identification that a veterinary clinic or animal shelter can read in the event their collar or tags come off.

2. Create a Safe Indoor Environment

If you can, take your pets out to exercise early in the day and then later create a safe haven for them inside your home. If you are entertaining, be sure your pet cannot escape your house as guests come and go. Set them up in a quiet room with white noise, food, water, and their favorite bed.

3. May your pet benefit from prescription medication?

For some animals, no amount of comfort can ease their fears/nerves with noise phobias. Please talk to your veterinarian to see if your fur baby may benefit from sedatives. There are options available that are safe for most pets.

4. Check Your Yard

Make sure your fence and gate are secure so that your pet won’t be able to escape if they become frightened by fireworks and panic.

5. Keep Human Foods Out of Your Pet's Reach

If you’re having a cookout, be sure to keep all foods and beverages out of your pet’s reach, as many of our favorite foods and drinks are toxic for pets.

6. Avoid Heatstroke and Dehydration

If you’ll be outside or camping with your pet, ensure they have access to fresh water and shade throughout the day to avoid dehydration and heatstroke.
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Summer Safety for Pets With Advanced Mobile Vet Care

With Advanced Mobile Vet Care, we can bring everything your pet needs to stay safe this summer and on the 4th of July right to your doorstep. Whether your pet is in need of a microchip or parasite preventatives, we’re here to help you and your pet enjoy the summer sun while staying safe. To learn more or schedule an appointment, we welcome you to contact us today.

What You Should Know About Getting Your Pet Neutered or Spayed

What You Should Know About Getting Your Pet Neutered or Spayed

Spay and Neuter Awareness Month began on February 1st, but spaying and neutering pets is an important topic of discussion for veterinarians and pet owners every single day of the year because spaying and neutering are not only essential to your own pet’s health and happiness but also the wellbeing of the community at large.
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The Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Pets

1. Prevent Unwanted Litters and Overcrowded Animal Shelters

One of the main upsides of spaying and neutering benefits the entire community. Preventing your pets from producing unwanted litters of puppies and kittens also reduces the number of animals that wind up in animal shelters and increases the adoption demand for pets that are currently in animal shelters. As a result, the community carries an easier burden and fewer homeless animals are lost to euthanasia.

2. Avoid Behavior Problems

Sterilizing pets before they reach reproductive maturity prevents many undesirable behaviors that are related to reproduction such as territorial behaviors like excessive aggression, spraying, and territory marking in addition to yowling and howling and the instinct to wander.

3. Reduce Risk of Contagious Disease

Sterilized pets come into contact with fewer animals. As a result, they are less likely to contract a contagious disease from another dog or cat living near your home.

4. Reduce the Risk of Cancers of the Reproductive System

Sterilizing pets also reduces the risk that they will develop certain cancers of the reproductive system. It completely eliminates the risk of male pets developing testicular cancer and of female pets developing ovarian or uterine cancer.
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Spay and Neuter Tips for Pet Owners

For your pet to enjoy all the benefits of sterilization, they should be spayed or neutered before reaching reproductive maturity. Puppies are typically spayed or neutered between six and 18 months of age. Kittens are typically spayed or neutered between eight weeks and 12 months of age.
Spaying and neutering are considered routine surgical procedures, and complications rarely occur. However, you should watch your pet closely after the procedure. In the days following a spay or neuter procedure, be sure to limit your pet’s physical activity, make sure their stitches stay intact, prevent your pet from licking the incision site, and avoid bathing for at least 10 days.
To learn more about spaying and neutering dogs and cats or to schedule an appointment for your pet, we welcome you to contact Advanced Mobile Vet Care today.