Most people really love the 4th of July; it’s a time to celebrate with family and friends and officially kick off our summer and enjoy some fireworks. Please be aware, however, that your pets will not be enjoying most of these festivities! The 4th of July weekend is when the MOST pets go missing and/or never return home; an increase of almost 30%. So as you’re planning your celebration, look towards your pet’s safety as well!
Want to enjoy the show? Leave them at home!
Loud noises scare pets, and it’s impossible to let them know that fireworks aren’t dangerous. They will panic and potentially break what restraint you have, or attempt to jump the fence. If they could talk, they’d let you know, they’re happier at home where it’s quiet and all smells normal. HERE is a great article on fireworks/loud noise aversion and how you can help. Also, leaving your dog in the car while you celebrate can lead them to overheat and have a heat stroke (potentially fatal) EVEN with the windows cracked and sitting in the shade.
No People Products or Food
- Although it may seem like a no brainer, don’t use people sunscreenor insect repellant on your pet. Ingesting sunscreen can cause vomiting, diarrhea, drooling and lethargy. (There are doggy-safe versions out there!)
- One of the ingredients in most insect repellants (DEET) can also cause neurologic issues.
- If your pet drinks alcohol, they can become dangerously intoxicated, go into a coma, or in severe cases, die from respiratory failure. Yes, even beer is toxic; fermented hops and ethanol are poisonous to dogs and cats.
- Glow sticks/wraps/jewelrycan cause GI irritation and potentially a blockage if ingested.
- Table scraps! ‘Tis the season, and we know some of us are notorious for sneaking a little scrap here and there when the BBQ is going. Don’t. They’ll be less likely to have indigestion, or potentially more serious problems.
Keep Him Free, Have an ID!
The busiest day of the year for shelters is July 5th. Every year. That’s because they’re working their behinds off trying to reunite lost runaways! Keep your pet out of the system by making sure he has an ID, either physical or electronic. If they have a microchip, PLEASE check and make sure your information is current! You wouldn’t believe the number of pets we’ll see at the vet hospital that have chips with old or disconnected numbers (and no addresses).
So What CAN they do?
Enjoy the peace and ‘quiet’ of their natural habitat. Home. It’s not a loss to them, and they’ll thank you for keeping them out of uncomfortable, stressful/frightening or dangerous situations. Want to give them a little extra something? Freeze yogurt or peanut butter in a popsicle or Kong and leave it for them to enjoy. 🙂
Click HERE for simple steps to help reduce your pet’s anxiety at home.