Keep your pet in mind when fireworks are going off! The loud noises scare them. Imagine a loud noise that sounds like a gun shot going off and not knowing it’s for celebrating but thinking you’re under attack.

Dr. Estrade recommends give your dog Solloquin, an over the counter supplement that will help ease them during this time and enjoy the holiday with you. For extreme cases of anxiety, talk to Dr. Estrade or Dr. Rainer for more options. We also recommend purchasing a Thunder Shirt that will put pressure on their chest and make them feel more comforted. For more information, call our clinic at 281-342-1117.

General Fire Safety

July 15th is Pet Fire Safety Day, however every day of the year pet owners should be on the look out for potential fire hazards that could endanger themselves and their beloved pets. Think about what steps you can take to prevent your pets from accidentally starting a fire and how you can keep them safe in case of a fire.

Pets are naturally curious and this can lead to accidents. All it takes is one day of preparation to prevent your pets from starting a fire at home.

Electrical Cords: Pets who chew on electrical cords can suffer from severe injuries, and the chewed electrical cords can also pose as a fire hazard. Cats and dogs aren’t the only guilty culprits of chewing electrical cords. Take steps to keep electrical cords out of reach from all pets including rabbits and other pocket pets.

Open Flames: Never leave your pet alone near an open flame. Whether you’re grilling in the backyard or enjoying your fireplace, make sure you completely extinguish all open fires before leaving your house. If you enjoy lighting candles, flameless candles may be a great solution for you if you have pets that can jump on counters and tables.

Stove Knobs: Pets who jump up on counters can easily hit a stove knob, which can turn on the gas or turn up a flame. If your pet is prone to jumping on counters, you can remove your stove knobs or use covers. If you leave your pets at home alone, you can also restrict their access to the kitchen.

It is estimated that there are more than 500,000 home fires a year. There are precautions you can take to protect your pet from a dangerous fire.

Collars and Leashes: Leave leashes and collars in plain sight and readily available at entrances in case your pet needs to be rescued.

Window Cling: Use a cling on your front window or door of an apartment which identifies how many pets you have at home. This helps firefighters know how to locate and save your pets.

Emergency Pet Hospital: Pets who suffer injuries from a fire should be rushed to an emergency pet hospital. Get to know the location of the nearest pet emergency hospital.