Happy (almost) 4th of July! As many of us prepare for the festivities that will take place this holiday; fireworks, cookouts, etc., it’s important to also make sure you keep your pets safety in mind. More pets go missing around the 4th of July than any other time of year. Fear of fireworks is common, but they aren’t the only danger associated with American Independence Day. Here is our list of pet 4th of July safety tips:
- If serving alcohol this weekend (or any time, really) make sure to keep it away from your pets. Alcohol is toxic to animals and can cause symptoms such as weakness, coma, and, in sever cases, respiratory failure and death.
- Make sure to keep items such as matches and lighter fluid out of pets’ reach. Some types of matches, if ingested, can cause kidney disease. Lighter fluid is a skin irritant and can also be dangerous if inhaled or consumed.
- If you want to use products such as sunscreen or insect repellent to protect your pet, make sure to use products specifically designed for use on animals. Human products can contain ingredients that are toxic to pets.
- If your dog is anything like my Kitsune, he’ll be begging like crazy for a bite of your burger (or whatever else you cook up this weekend). Try to keep your pets on their normal diet if at all possible. While a small amount of pet safe human food should be ok, sudden changes in your pets’ diet can cause stomach upset.
- Keep items such as insect coils and candles out of your pets’ reach. Besides the obvious danger of fire, these types of products can hurt your pet if ingested or inhaled.
- Glow jewelry is not highly toxic, but pets make want to chew on them and swallowing pieces of plastic is never a good thing! The liquid that makes the jewelry glow can cause excessive drooling and indigestion.
- Never use fireworks around pets! Many types of fireworks contain toxic ingredients (arsenic and other heavy metals, for example) and exposure to lit fireworks can result in severe burns.
- Most pets don’t appreciate firework displays as much as humans do and would be happier left safely at home. If your pet is afraid of fireworks, provide them with a safe place to wait out the noise. Background sounds (such as a TV) may help to drown out the scary noises outside. You can try distracting your pet by playing a game or working on training with some especially tasty treats. In severe situations, you may want to talk to your vet about prescription medications to help calm your pet during times of intense fear.
Do you do anything special to keep your pet safe and happy during the 4th of July? Do you have any 4th of July safety tips you’d like to share? Feel free to comment below!
We hope that everyone who will be celebrating this weekend has a safe, fun holiday!
Excellent 4th of July safety tips. I have my dog’s calming treats ready to go for the fireworks hell she will experience.
Great post and reminders, it is sad that we have to keep reminding people. Layla has gone deaf so this is the first 4th of July I do not have to worry about her. Be safe and have a wonderful weekend
Terrific safety tips for the July 4th weekend. I suspect people will start shooting fireworks tonight, even though they are prohibited here. I’ll give Henry his calm meds early and hope for the best.
I’m sharing these tips with my dog friends.
Be safe and Happy July 4th!
These are great safety tips for pet parents. Glow sticks!! Good observation there. Lord knows what’s in those things but I’m sure it’s toxic. Keeping your pets calm and safe is priority number one.
The fireworks never bothered my FiveSibes when they were younger, and I was so fortunate that we would sit together on my back deck and watch our city’s display together (them snoozing) until Bandit became a senior and started losing her hearing. Then she became petrified and would rush inside seeking the farthest corner of our house to hide in. I’d turn on fans, a/c units, even the noisy kitchen stove fan, as well as the TV to drown out the boomies. I also gave her CBD treats. I honestly hate how terrifying it can be for them. It’s always great to share tips to hopefully help others. We hope you all have a safe and fun Fourth!
Well done in providing a ist of sensible gudelines for people to take in before the madness starts. Maybe we get pet parents to tatoo it on their forearms!!!
4th of July is my idea of hell. We have a similar occasion in November and its horrible for the poor animals and the country’s wildlife. Fireworks are not fun any more there is too much at stake, animal welfare,, environmental toxins (fireworks are explosives after all). I have heard too many horror stories about animal hurt by fireworks. I hate them.
New Zealand has limited the time available to sell fireworks but the silly people hoard them for Christmas and New Year so we, like you have to take measures to ensure your cats and dogs are kept safe and less terrified!
My heart goes out to all dogs who are terrified of fireworks–so hard on them. While we’ve been fortunate that our dogs never bothered with loud noises, I can appreciate how terrifying it is for most of dogs.
Thanks for sharing these important safety tips! Our dogs don’t seem to mind fireworks, but we always keep them inside during a fireworks display.