Tips for Keeping Pets Safe on the 4th of July
It’s that time of year again! Time for enjoying one of Americas most celebrated holidays, the 4th of July! Fireworks, barbecues and enjoying being together with friends and family. Amid all the celebration, we need to keep in mind the furry members of the family. The 4th of July, although quite enjoyable for people, can be very frightening and even dangerous for our pets. Bright flashes, abrupt and loud explosions and smoke can trigger a pet’s defenses, causing them to behave erratically.
Also, on such holidays, we humans have a tendency to over eat, let’s be honest! Rich holiday foods are in abundance at parties and gatherings and often times a good amount of this food can end up on the ground or given to pets as treats. Most often these types of treats for people are not a treat for critters. It is our responsibility to keep pets safe on the 4th of July.
We treat our pets like family, so in honor of the 4th of July we pulled together the 4 top tips on how you can plan to keep your furry friends safe this year!
1. Keep Pets & Fireworks Separate
Keeping pets safe on the 4th of July starts with keeping pets and fireworks separate. Not only are most dogs afraid of fireworks, they are also extremely dangerous when combined. As we mentioned before, a startled animal can behave differently. Make sure to keep your pets and fireworks far away from each other if you’re planning to ring in America’s birthday with an explosion or two. Additionally, lit fireworks pose an obvious danger of fire and burns. A jumpy pet could knock over a firework display causing sparks to fly in directions other than their intended areas.
On top of this, unused or spent fireworks can be hazardous to curious chewers. Fireworks contain toxic substances, that if ingested can cause severe illness. Be sure that if pets are around to periodically clear the area of these hazards.
2. Going Somewhere? Keep Pets at Home
Planning on going to a fireworks display or traveling? Leave your pets at home and inside where it is cooler and quieter. Constant loud noises and flashing lights can cause dogs and cats to run away from what’s causing the noise. Pets risk becoming lost in the confusion or more seriously, run into streets where cars are passing. The best plan is to turn on the radio or TV to help mute the sounds of fireworks while you’re away. Leave fun toys to play with or provide your pet a comfy spot to hide and de-stress.
Unfortunately, the best option for keeping pets safe on the 4th of July is to exclude them from the holiday festivities all together. When it comes to celebrating, pets and fireworks in close proximity to each other can be problematic. It is best not to risk it.
3. Don’t Give Your Pet Table Food
If you’re having a backyard barbecue, it may be tempting to slip some table scraps to your pet, especially if they’re giving you those puppy-dog eyes. Stay strong, human! Keeping table food out of your furry friend’s reach is just as important as not allowing pets and fireworks in the backyard at the same time. Just like chocolate, many other festive foods can be extremely harmful to your pet. Onions, grapes, avocado and frostings among many other foods commonly enjoyed on the 4th of July, are all possible hazards for dogs and cats.
Unfortunately, we have to say it… But there are cases each year from vets reporting pets (more commonly dogs) that were given beer to drink. This is a terrible and cruel reality that goes without saying, but giving your pet alcohol of any kind is a bad idea!
4. Tagged Pets Are Easier to Find
Did you know July 5th is the busiest day of the year for most local animal shelters? With so many cats and dogs afraid of fireworks, it is common for owners to be looking for their pets following the festivities. Tagged pets who manage to break lose are much easier to find. Make sure your pet has proper identification tags with up-to-date information. To help reduce the likelihood of your pet running away, as mentioned in our second tip, keep pets at home.
So there you have it! 4 helpful tips to keep your pets safe on the 4th of July! Just like we want the best for our family, so too for our pets. Though it can be tough to not share in the fun and excitement with our pets, it is our responsibility to do what’s right. There is always the next day, so enjoy a safe and worry free 4th of July!