July 4th is no picnic for pets. Emergency visits to the vet go up 48 percent on the holiday, according to data provided to CNBC. Fireworks, barbecues, long drives on the highway and pool parties all might be fun for people, but end up being a nightmare for pets—and eventually their owners' wallets.
The data come from Sikka Software, a company that sells practice optimizer software. It's installed in more than 2,000 veterinary offices across the country—representing about 5 percent of the entire nation's vets. That gives them a very strong sample set to collect their data and know on aggregate how the country's vets are performing. In particular, July 4 is the third most disruptive day of the year—following only Christmas and New Year's Day.
"People are traveling with their pets and are out and about in strange places," said Dr. Larry Rothe, a vet in Concord, California. "Lakes and mountains are not usual places for pets."