4th of July Pet Safety

4th of July Pet Safety

While the 4th of July is a day of celebration, many of our furry friends are frightened by the festivities of the day.

Noisy fireworks, potentially dangerous debris on the ground, and the summer heat are things to consider when keeping them safe.

Here are a few tips that will help protect your pets:

  • Leave your pets at home – avoid taking them along to firework displays, parties, parades, etc. This will help keep them calm and minimize the chances they will run off.
  • Keep your pets in secure room or crate. They may feel safer in a smaller space with a TV or radio playing.
  • Take your dog for a nice long walk before the fireworks begin.
  • Never leave your pet in your car! Temperatures will rise to life threatening temperatures very quickly.
  • Pick up debris from fireworks, sparklers, charcoal, etc. This includes checking your yard and the surrounding property.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing an ID tag and is microchipped. Also have recent photographs available. In the event your pet gets startled and runs off, this will help you quickly take action.
  • Talk to your veterinarian if your pet is particularly anxious. Anti-anxiety medications may be an option to help your pet cope.
  • Stick with your pets recommended diet. Avoid feeding them scraps and keep your adult beverages out of reach.

Happy Independence Day!