Top Fourth of July Tips for Pet Safety

Are you planning on enjoying 4th of July celebrations with your friends and family? The holiday wouldn’t be the same without our traditions like BBQ, games, and fireworks. Although your pets are part of the family too, they often do not like large holiday celebrations or the noise, light, and smell of fireworks. Consider your furry companions this 4th of July with these 10 helpful pet safety tips:

  1. Update your pet's microchip with current information. The chaos of 4th of July celebrations can cause your pet to panic and get loose. The American Humane Association has reported July 5th to be the busiest day of the year for animal shelters. Be prepared by making sure your pet can be easily found and returned if they escape during the holiday celebrations.
  2. Keep your pets in a quiet safe space indoors. This safe space can be comforting, while offering an escape from fireworks or a house full of people. If you’re planning on leaving to view the fireworks or parades, leave your pet at home inside the house. Even if your pet is used to outside noise, the sudden bang of fireworks can cause them to flee.
  3. No human food or drinks allowed. Your pets may beg, but it’s important to protect their health by not giving them table scraps or alcoholic drinks. Some foods are toxic to pets, while alcohol can be very poisonous. Please call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) at 888-426-4435, if you think your pet has been exposed to toxic food, drinks, or hazardous materials.
  4. Put hazardous materials up and out of the way. Pets may be curious about exploring new items like fireworks, glow sticks, sparklers, sunscreen, insect coils, candles, torches, charcoal, or the BBQ. Make sure they are kept occupied away from busy areas with pet-safe toys.
  5. Notice signs of overheating. Make sure your pet has a cool place to relax with fresh water and accessible shade or AC. The sun and heat can be dangerous and may need to be treated by your veterinarian.
  6. Never leave your pet in a car. It’s illegal in certain states. The car’s interior heats up quickly, even with the windows cracked, making it a dangerous environment for your pet.
  7. Only use pet-safe products on your pets. Human products used to protect us from the sun or bugs can be toxic to pets if applied or ingested. Do not apply any sunscreen or insect spray to your pet unless it is specifically formulated for pet use.
  8. Spend some quality time with your pet. Reassure your pet that everything is okay. Your presence can be calming, while distracting them from outside noise or light.
  9. Seek out pet-safe calming products. There are items on the market that can help your pet stay calm during the holiday festivities like ThunderShirts.
  10. Ask your veterinarian for help. It’s common for pets to panic or feel anxious around the unfamiliar such as loud sounds, lights, or smells. Your veterinarian can offer medications and techniques that will help your pet cope.

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