4th of July Safety For Pets

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4th of July Safety for Pets

It may be a holiday that humans enjoy, but pets, not so much. The noises and commotion can be very frightening for them; thus, this is the biggest night of the year for missing pets to be reported. Whether staying in or going out for the holiday it is extremely important to remember these tips for 4th of July safety for pets:

  • First and foremost you should make sure you are well prepared for the worst, before the holiday. Make sure your pet has identification tags and a microchip. Be sure to verify that the microchip is registered to a monitoring company and has your current information.
  • If you are not sure how your pet will react keep them in a confined area that is as sound resistant as possible. Make sure they are not around open doors as a loid noise can cause a normally calm dog to dart out and run off.
  • Keep all of your fireworks and picnic food away from your pets. Any of these can be dangerous and/or toxic. If you suspect your pet has gotten in to something he should not have, contact your veterinarian immediately. You can also check on line to find out if a food item is toxic aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control
  • Before letting your pet outside, check your yard for debris from the celebrations around you. Pieces from exploding fireworks can travel far.

Above all, just use caution with pets around any holiday. As much as veterinarians’ love to see you and your pet, we would like it to be only for well visits!

As always, contact us with any questions. Gentle Touch Animal Hospital staff@gentletouchanimalhospital.com or 303.691.3720


Cat Vaccinations Really Are Necessary?

Cat VaccinationsThe short answer is yes. Cat vaccinations are an integral part to the overall health and lifespan of your cat. Even if she is indoor only. Cat vaccinations are proven to prevent the incubation and transmission of fatal feline diseases.

What cat vaccinations are necessary?

At Gentle Touch Animal Hospital we recommend the following:

  • Feline Leukemia
  • Distemper
  • Rabies

Leukemia is only necessary if your cat spends any time outside and Rabies is required by law. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners, cats do not need to be boostered annually. We vaccinate with the 3 year vaccines to stay within these guidelines.

Are there any risks or side effects with cat vaccinations?

Cat vaccinations stimulate your kitten or cat’s immune system in order to create protection from specific infectious diseases. This can cause mild symptoms to occur ranging from soreness at the injection site to fever and allergic reactions. Cat vaccinations can cause other risks like injection site tumors and immune disease, however such incidences are extremely rare. The three year vaccines have proven to have lower risks associated with them.

The fact is, the rewards of cat vaccinations far outweigh any risks. Cat vaccines have saved countless lives and play a vital role in the battle against feline infectious disease.

As always, please contact us with any questions. 303.691.3720 or  staff@gentletouchanimalhospital.com