Fourth of July Pet Safety

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Pet Safety
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.

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Comments (49)

Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Thank you so much Rebecca! I know Zeke loves his walks with you.

Thank you Joan, you're the best!

Jared- love that you adopted! I'm sure they appreciate you keeping them indoors. I can only imagine how loud fireworks are to a dog with their sensitive ears.

Richie, my pit bull hides in the closet or under the covers frequently. Thank you for commenting!

Jun 22, 2013 05:23 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


I was looking for the Suggest button and I was so happy to see it was already featured!

You outline some terrific tips to keep in mind for our four legged friends from the Animal Kingdom!

Thank you for being so thoughtful.

Jun 23, 2013 11:47 AM
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Patricia, thank you so much. I've always loved animals and tend to think of them when I know they might be scared or worried. I hope everyone keeps their pets safe this 4th of July. Have a wonderful day my friend.

Jun 23, 2013 09:46 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     We live in an area where EVERYBODY shoots fireworks.  Not just bottle rockets and firecrackers, but Dixie Cannons like the City shoots off in the park.   It gets LOUD!

     One year my cats ran into the storm drain; they did not come out for TWO DAYS!  So now, we put them in cages in the back bedroom on the 4th of July.

Jun 24, 2013 05:31 AM
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Fred- Thank goodness you were able to eventually get them out! That's scary. Sounds like you've got a good plan now to keep them safe :)

Jun 24, 2013 05:54 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Amanda,

Excellent post! I caught it when Joan re-blogged! Congrats on a well deserved featured post!

Jul 02, 2013 10:43 PM
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Hi Dorie, thank you so much for coming over to comment!

Jul 03, 2013 12:00 AM
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Amanda-well deserving of the Gold Star. Great information about pet safety over the 4th. Have a great holiday.

Jul 03, 2013 12:38 AM
Pat & Steve Pribisko
Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West - Westlake, OH

Amanda, great advice for pets.  We had a toy poodle (who has passed away) who would run to our basement door and put her nose in the crack in the door, which meant she wanted to go to the basement, where she felt safe.

Jul 03, 2013 02:26 AM
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Thanks Adrian!

Pat and Steve, she was a smart dog! I don't blame her with all the loud noises on the 4th. Thank you for stopping by!

Jul 03, 2013 05:22 AM
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team
Very good advice Amanda!! Enjoy your Independence Day celebration and be safe!
Jul 03, 2013 10:50 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good advice for pet owners. I will post this on Facebook.

Enjoy the celebrations of Independence Day and have a wonderful weekend.

Jul 03, 2013 11:35 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate



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Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July and enjoy your FREEDOM America!

Jul 04, 2013 12:21 AM
Karen Johnson, Realtor, ABR
Addison Wolfe Real Estate - Doylestown, PA
"Bucks County PA Homes"

Hi Amanda, great post and helpful tips!  I have two golden retrievers, Sammy and Wendy, and they do not like loud noises including fireworks.  Wendy will usually run and hide until they are over.  Sammy is a little better.  Thanks for sharing!

Jul 04, 2013 12:38 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

I saw a funny cartoon about a couple of dogs talking about their plans. One said he hadn't finalized plan yet, but was thinking about either cowering under the bed or eating the bath tub. Sad, but funny

Jul 04, 2013 12:51 AM
George P. Cruz Sr.
Premier Brokers International - Port St Lucie, FL

They are part of our family we need to be awere of our sorroundings..





Jul 04, 2013 01:44 AM
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: / cell: 334-494-7846

HAPPY 4th TO Y'ALL as well!

Public activities rained out here, so having a get together for the family!

Jul 04, 2013 02:38 AM
Curt Harrington
Long Beach, CA

Every year its the same safety advice:  Don't Let your pet play with fireworks or matches.  Don't let your pet accompany "Morris the Human Cannonball" in his Independence Day cannon act.  Don't let your pet play 4th of July tricks on other pets.

With these guideline, your pet will be guaranteed a safe, but dolorous existence.



Jul 04, 2013 03:07 AM
Christi Farrington
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
~ Your representative in Fairfield County, CT

Hi Amanda.  Thank you for reminding all of us that celebrating the Fourth of July is wonderful for us but extremely frightening and potentially dangerous to our pets.  Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

Jul 04, 2013 05:33 AM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Thank you so much for your tips. I didn't know about providing cold water for pets as a remedy instead of regular temperature water to keep them hydrated.

Jul 04, 2013 06:04 AM