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4th of July with Pets: Your Survival Guide

By June 20, 2019April 7th, 2022No Comments

With 4th of July quickly approaching, it is time to start preparing. If you are having a barbecue or a party, you certainly need to plan ahead to get your pet through the holiday safely. Between the food, the hot weather, and the fireworks, this can be a dangerous time of year for pets. If your pet sustained an injury or may have digested something that they shouldn’t, make sure to bring them to Village Veterinary Clinic in Burke, VA for treatment. Here are a few simple pet holiday tips and pet ideas to help you and your pet get through 4th of July.

Human Food

There are many types of human foods that can be toxic to pets. Onions, grapes, avocados, raisins, and salt are just a few toxic foods that can harm your pet. If you are planning a barbecue, it is essential that you pick up any food that you or your guest may have dropped. Also, ask your guests not to feed your pet human food.

Hot Grills

Cats love to jump on just about any surface. If you are going to be cooking on the grill, you shouldn’t leave it unattended. When you are done cooking, close the cover until it has cooled down. If your cat jumps up on the hot grill, your pet can severely burn the soles of his or her paws. If your pet does get burned, take them to see our veterinarians right away.

Summertime Heat

It is not uncommon for the temperature on 4th of July to be in the ’80s and ’90s. This can be very dangerous for your pet. Animals can’t sweat, therefore, they are incredibly prone to heatstroke. If you are going to be outside with friends and family on the 4th, you should only allow your pet to be outdoors with you for a limited amount of time. While your pet is outside, make sure that there is a bowl of fresh, cool water nearby.


Fireworks are common on 4th of July and are very loud. Many pets are afraid of fireworks and they can shake, pant, and cry. To make things easier on your pet, you should put him or her in a quiet room with the door closed. To mask the sound of the fireworks, you should close the windows and turn on the radio or television to mask the noise.

Even if you follow the pet ideas listed above, accidents can still happen. If something does happen, our veterinarians at Village Veterinary Clinic in Burke, VA can treat your pet quickly and effectively. If you have any questions about pet holiday safety, call us at 703-978-8655. We are more than happy to help.

COVID Notice

When you arrive for your appointment, please call our office at 703-978-8655. At this time, we require anyone visiting the office to be fully vaccinated and properly wear a mask. Additionally, we ask that only one person accompany their pet.

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