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Keep Pets Safe July Fourth, and Take Our 'Petriotic' Survey for DemoCats and RePuplicans

Vital tips for pet safety. Also, tell us if you’re a demoCAT or a rePUPlican in a fun survey.

Holidays can be stressful for humans and pets, often for the same reasons: too much food, too many activities, too little time to relax.

Especially on July 4th , there may be too much noise!

Here are a few suggestions to keep our four-legged loved ones safe.

Food safety

  • Any sudden diet changes, even adding novel "safe foods" can cause intestinal upset or even pancreatitis problems for pets – and people.
  • BBQ, really? Also remember that chocolate, grapes, raisins and macadamia nuts are just a few of the foods that can cause serious and life-threatening illnesses to pets.
  • Alcohol is a no-no; even if they are 21 in human or doggie years.

Eliminating stress

  • Ensure pets have a safe place to retreat in your house. Better yet, it’s a great excuse to check on them often; you both will feel better for it!
  • Be sure they are wearing a current I.D. or are microchipped, in case they escape during the fireworks. Microchips have reunited a countless number of pets with their families.
  • If your pet runs away, most shelters have online lost pet reporting services. Check websites in your area and be sure to visit your county animal shelter frequently!

Feeling petriotic? Tell us if you’re a demoCAT or a rePUPlican. Survey at: SPCATampaBay.org

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