As we prepare for the fireworks, picnics, and other fun Fourth of July traditions, our team also wants pet parents to think about the possible dangers that may be present for our pets. All of the festivities can be frightening and even dangerous for animals which is why we’re providing a list of safety measures to take heading into the holiday weekend.
Prepping In Advance:
- Be sure your pets have the proper identification tags with up-to-date information.
- If your pets aren’t microchipped, it is a good time to talk to your veterinarian about starting that process. simple procedure can greatly improve your chances of getting your pets back if they become lost.
- Plan ahead for a safe environment. If your neighbors are going to set off fireworks at an unexpected time, your yard should be secure enough to keep your pet contained.
Safety During The Holiday Weekend:
- Never use fireworks around pets! Exposure to lit fireworks can result in sever burns or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets. Some fireworks can contain toxic substances that we don’t want our pets to intake.
- Keep citronella candles, insect coils and tiki torch oil products out of reach.
- Keep the garbage high and away! When entertaining for a barbecue, dogs may sneak into the garbage left on the ground and low and behold will find a jack pot of goodies (corn cobs, ribs, bones, barbecue foods, desserts, etc). These foods can not only be toxic but also deadly.
- Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks.
- If you’re hosting guests, ask them to help keep an eye on your pets to make sure they don’t escape.
- Keep your pets on their normal diet. A change, even for one meal, can give your pet severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is more common for older animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements.
- Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them.