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4th Of July Pet Safety Tips

4th Of July Pet Safety Tips

Like many Americans, you may be planning to have a festive Fourth of July. Along with barbecues and day at the beach, no July holiday celebration would be complete without enjoying the fireworks that celebrate the birth of our nation.

Whether or not you’re planning your own Independence Day celebration, it’s important to take precautions to keep your pets safe!

Follow these tips to keep your pet safe during this Fourth of July weekend.

  1. Have Your Pet Properly Identified- make sure all identification tags include up-to-date information! If your pet manages to break loose and becomes lost, it will be that much harder to get them back. You may want to consider fitting your pet with microchip identification, as well.
  2. Leave Your Pets At Home- going to parties, firework displays, parades, and other gatherings can lead to a higher risk of pets becoming spooked and running away. The loud fireworks, unfamiliar places, and crowds can all be very frightening to pets.
  3. Keep Alcoholic Drinks Away- if your pet drinks alcohol, they can become dangerously intoxicated which can lead to a coma, or in severe cases, die from respiratory failure.
  4. Don’t Give Your Pet “Table Food”- if you are having a barbecue, it can be tempting to slip some snacks to your pet. But food such as chocolate, onions, avocados, grapes, etc. can be toxic to your pet.
  5. Never Use Fireworks Around Pets– lit fireworks can pose a danger to curious pets which can lead to severe burns and even trauma to the face and paws. Some fireworks hold arsenic, potassium nitrate, and other heave metals.

The safest and best bet for celebrating this Fourth of July with your pets is to exclude them from holiday festivities, at least this time around. Instead, find a safe, secure spot in the home for your pets while you go out and enjoy the loud bangs, bright lights and spectator fun. Your pets will appreciate the quiet a lot more than you’ll enjoy the noise.

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