Fireworks & thunderstorms can create a lot of fear and anxiety for our four-legged friends, especially if they are in a strange environment such as a cottage, friends house or family trip.
If you know your pet's behaviour will be affected and you will only be gone for the day, it may be best for them to stay at home in a secure environment, with the tv or radio left on to drown out any outside noise. Our hospitals also carry natural supplements to help aid in anxiety & have calming affects on your pet if you think it may be of benefit. Please don't hesitate to call ahead & pick up ahead of time if you think it may be helpful to your pet during this weekend or if you have any questions.
If you are going away, please remember that campfires, fireworks, pools, alchohol & beaches can all present dangers. Ensure that your pet is always wearing its identification / rabies tags on their collars in case they escape or run-off due to fear, it is an easy way to identify them & get them home to you much faster if found.
With the many activities & events going on, some might forget to be on the lookout for those sneeky pets trying to grab and extra treat of the table, counter top or from the garbage. Chocolate, bones from the barbeque, raisins, grapes, onions & garlic all pose potential threats to your pets health.
And please always remember, the car is not a safe place to keep your pet especially on our hot summer days.
I hope that everyone has a fun & safe holiday weekend. Please remember our hospitals will be closed on July 1st, & 2nd and will resume regular business hours on July 3rd.
Dr. Erik Sjonnesen D.V.M
Malton & Cawthorpe Veterinary Services