Fireworks are stressing pets and vets this year

“The veterinary profession right now is definitely a bit stretched, and we’re trying to find ways to deal with that,” said Dr. Julie Blossom, director of the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association.

The pandemic has only made it harder for short-staffed clinics in New Mexico.

“There has been an increase in demand for veterinary care since the pandemic. Largely because people have adopted a lot more pets to keep them company in the home, so now these animals are getting the best care they should be, ”Dr. Blossom said.

With fireworks on the way, Dr. Blossom is expected to get worse.

“This may be the first year that a lot of new pet owners have had a pet, and maybe they don’t really know how that animal will react to the sound of fireworks or with a lot. guests, which we are fortunately now allowed to do, ”she said.

On behalf of other vets, it is recommended that Dr. Blossom keep pets in a safe room or kennel and have vet prescribed medication on hand in case the dog or cat is stressed.

Preventive measures allow clinics to help more pets.

“And the more likely it is that vets and technicians will not be so overwhelmed with the workload, and they will be able to provide good care to the pets they see,” Dr. Blossom said.

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