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Pet experts in Lafayette share safety tips for the 4th of July and summer heat

Summer is the most common time of year for pets to suffer from loud noises, dehydration, and heatstroke.

Posted: Jul 4, 2021 7:24 PM

LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)- With the 4th of July upon us and summer heat steadily rising, pets may need a little extra attention in order to stay safe.

Veterinarians say it's best to keep our furry friends hydrated and indoors as much as possible. If that isn’t an option---there are some safety precautions to take.

“In Louisiana, it gets extremely hot and humid and our pets are not immune to that,” Caroline Dubuisson, a local veterinarian, said.

According to Dubuisson, summer is the most common time of year for pets to suffer from dehydration and heatstroke, and pet’s need may vary.

“Any dog with a short nose is going to overheat way easier than a dog with a long hair coat may have a harder time dealing with the heat and may need extra shade,” Dubuisson said.

Pets should also never be left in an unattended vehicle.

“Even if you have the windows cracked. It only takes 10 minutes for the temperature to go from 80 degrees to over 100 degrees, and that can be life-threatening in a pet,” she said.

Owners should be mindful of the heat when taking their pets out for a walk.

“In any kind of surface that's out in the sun can get extremely hot, can burn their pads,” she said.

Pets are also sensitive to loud noises and strong smells. So, on holidays, like the 4th of July, it is best to keep them indoors.

“Their hearing is a lot more in-tune than ours. So that can be very hard for them to endure and just it scares them and they shake and it's very difficult to keep them calm,”

Suzette Fowler, the owner of Camp Bow Wow, says that the day after July 4th is the busiest time of year for animal shelters.

“Many pets dart out, they run away they get loose. So, you want to keep that in mind because at least 30% of our pets get lost after the fourth of July,” Fowler said.

It is recommended if you find a lost pet during the holiday, bring it to your local veterinarian to check if it is microchipped.

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