It’s an American tradition to celebrate the 4th of July with friends and family! Most of us spend time outdoors around the pool and the grill. At night we celebrate by lighting up the sky with fireworks. This is a fun and important celebration of our independence, but it can be a scary time for our pets.
Here are tips on keeping your pet safe during the 4th of July holiday:
On the water:
If you are out on your boat or laying out on the shoreline, keep your pet safe from water. Some dogs are great swimmers and others are not. A life jacket is a great way to help your pet stay afloat. Even good swimmers get tired. It also gives you a handle to help get your dog back into the boat. If you’re in a pool, make sure there are steps that your pet can safely enter and exit.
Around the grill:
As tempting as it is, don’t feed your pets people food! Hotdogs, hamburgers, steaks and other tasty treats can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and even pancreatitis. This is inflammation of the pancreas. It is a serious condition and can sometimes be fatal. Give your pet one of their own treats that their stomach is already use to.
In the sun:
Keep your pets cool! Never leave a pet in closed vehicle. Even with the windows cracked the interior of a car heats up very quickly. Make sure your pet has plenty of water. Ice cubes make a great cool treat! Also make sure your pet has a shaded area to escape the sun. Pets can suffer from heat stroke or exhaustion and sunburn.
Fireworks are usually the biggest concern on the 4th of July. Pets are typically scared of loud noises. The safest thing for your pet is to put them in a room or crate in a quiet area of the house. Soft music or the sound of a fan may help drown out some of the noise. If you know fireworks are going to be at your house and your pet is very afraid, it may be best to board him or her for the night.
There are several areas of concern when it comes to a noise anxiety and your pet. If your pet has an extreme noise anxiety, there is a possibility of them breaking out of a crate or carrier due to fear. There have been cases of pets jumping through windows and running away from the noise. They then suffer injuries from glass or clawing at their kennel. If your pet suffers extreme noise anxiety, speak with your veterinarian about anti-anxiety medication. Also, make sure your pet is microchipped and wearing an identifying collar and tag. Collars may come off, but a microchip stays in place. This is the best way to help get your pet back to you if they run away. Be sure that all microchip information is up to date!
Clean up! Debris left from fireworks can be a hazard to pets. They may ingest pieces left over and cause harm.
Keep pets away from fireworks! Some pets are curious and want to see what they might be missing. They can get burned or suffer extreme injuries if they get too close!