4th of July Pet Safety

4th of July Pet Safety


July 4th is a day full of picnics, fireworks and other outdoor festivities. While these things are a lot of fun for us, they can be frightening and even dangerous for our pets. Dogs are often not fans of loud noises and they can cause anxiety, fear, and possibly make dogs run away. Whether or not you plan on celebrating with your furry friend, it’s still a good idea to take these precautions to prepare for the holiday.

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  • Be sure that your dogs tags are up to date. They should be easily identified if they do run away from the loud noises that fireworks create.
  • Take a current photo of your pet, just in case. This a good thing to have on hand anyways.
  • Make sure the environment is safe and secure. If your neighbors set off fireworks at an unexpected time, is your yard secure enough to keep your pet contained?
  • Leave your pets at home when you go to parties. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places and crowds can all be very frightening to pets, and there’s great risk of pets becoming spooked and running away.
  • If you are throwing your own Independence celebration, asks guests to also keep an eye on your pet.
  • We all know our pets are curious. Keep fireworks out of reach from them.
  • Keep your pets inside if your neighbors are setting off fireworks.
  • Always keep pets away from bbq grills, they can be easily harmed by the heat.
  • Summer heat can be dangerous and deadly to pets. If you have them outside with you, be sure that they have access to plenty of water and a cool shaded spot to relax. If your dog is panting heavily, it’s a sign that they are having trouble cooling down – take them inside to cool off. Click here to learn about the signs of overheating.
  • If you’re leaving town, consider leaving your pets at home with a sitter.
  • Those puppy dog eyes are hard to resist, but avoid feeding them table scraps. A lot of common 4th of July food is very unhealthy for your pets.
  • Check your yard for fireworks debris before allowing pets outside to play or relax. Even if you didn’t set off fireworks yourself, debris can make its way into your yard, where curious animals may pick it up to play with or eat.

Keeping these things in mind will help ensure that your festivities go off without a hitch and keep your pet happy and safe! Happy Independence Day!

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