Fourth of July Pet Safety
The Fourth of July is a fun time for humans, barbeques, pool parties, lounging in the backyard with friends and family and of course Fireworks after dark. It’s a day of celebration but, for your pets it can be stressful and downright terrifying. Below are just a few tips on how to keep your pet safe this 4th of July.
1. Do not bring your pet to celebrations that are outside of your home. That includes bringing your pet and leaving him/her in the car. Sounds simple but, stranger things have happened. Fireworks, loud noises, alcohol, and unsupervised pets don’t mix. They’ll be please to be at home in the AC with familiar surroundings.
2. If you’re celebrating at home make sure your yard is secure for your pet. Again, loud noises from Fireworks scare them and they could try to get under or over a fence to run away in fear. Even if at home it’s best to leave them inside where they’re secure.
3. Make sure your pet is hydrated. Dogs get hot much faster than humans and when they’re panting they are taking in very little air. Keep their water bowl full of cold water at all times.
4. Do not use sunscreen or insect spray on your pet that isn’t specifically labeled for use on animals.
5. If you’re setting off personal fireworks keep your pet away from them. A curious paw or face can easily be severely burned.
Unfortunately lots of pets get lost on the 4th of July. Cats included, they run for the door not knowing they are running towards the sounds vs. away from it. Be cautious as guests come in and out and keep your pets in a safe secure environment. If you’re going to festivities away from your home don’t take your pet. They’ll be much happier in familiar surroundings away from the noise.