Summer Safety: Fourth of July Tips for Pet Owners
Although Fourth of July traditions can be incredibly enjoyable and relaxing for people, they can be stressful for pets. Firework displays, large social gatherings, hot and humid weather, and typical holiday food can pose safety concerns for our furry friends. While you’re having fun this weekend, remember these tips to keep your pets safe and happy:
NEVER set off fireworks near your pets.
Aside from being frighteningly loud, amateur fireworks can be dangerous for curious pets. Your pet could approach a lit firework without knowing the consequences. Unlit fireworks can also be harmful if left unattended, as they contain potentially toxic chemicals and residue.
If you attend a public fireworks display, leave your pets at home.
The combination of being in an unfamiliar setting, in a large crowd, and hearing fireworks unexpectedly can be overwhelming for most animals. If you plan to attend a public fireworks display, leave your pets in a secure place at home.
If you are entertaining guests, make sure your pets have a safe, secure place to stay.
Many pets can get anxious when several people suddenly enter their domain. Also, it’s easy to get distracted as a host while you’re entertaining guests! Make sure your pet has a safe, secure place to stay inside, and ask your guests to help you keep an eye on your animals.
If your pet typically gets anxious during holidays or social events, consider a mild calming therapy.
If you know that your pet historically gets anxious during these events, try a mild calming agent to help ease their nerves. Many natural supplements are available to help combat anxiety. Offering your pet a chew toy or bone can also provide a comforting distraction from a chaotic environment.
Make sure your pet’s ID tags and microchip are up to date.
Did you know that Fourth of July Weekend is one of the busiest times of the year for local animal shelters? So many dogs and cats get spooked by fireworks and end up getting separated from their owners. On the off chance that this happens to your pet, make sure that your contact information is completely up to date and accurate on all ID tags and the microchip.
Don’t give your pet any “people food” or drinks.
While it may be tempting to slip a few table scraps to your pet, it’s best not to share any “people food” with animals. Even if the food is not toxic, it could still cause an upset stomach and discomfort for your pet at a time when most vet’s offices are closed. Alcohol is particularly harmful to pets and should never be consumed under any circumstances. Don’t leave plates or cups unattended.
Don’t let your pets near a grill while it’s in use or still hot.
Chances are, your pets will want to hang out by the grill in an attempt to get food! However, it’s best to keep them as far away as possible from the grill to prevent any burns or consumption of potentially harmful food or chemicals.
Be mindful of the heat!
If the hot weather is uncomfortable for you, it’s definitely uncomfortable for your animals. Make sure your pets can rest inside or in a shady spot outdoors, and make sure they have access to plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
Don’t use any sunscreen or insect repellant intended for humans on your pets.
Products designed for humans can be toxic to animals. If you notice that your pet is struggling in the heat or swatting away bugs, it’s best to keep him inside.
Clean up thoroughly - especially matches, firework debris, and used sparklers.
In addition to cleaning up any leftover food, make sure to check your yard thoroughly for any matches, firework debris, sparklers, or any other remnants that your pet will surely find.
By following these important tips, you can help ensure a fun, safe holiday weekend with all of your loved ones. We hope you and your pets have a wonderful time!