fourth of julyWith the Fourth of July right around the corner, now is the time to start preparing for your pet’s safety and comfort during this most American of holidays. The loud noises, crowds, and parties can pose a serious risk to our four-legged friends if we aren’t careful. Follow our Fourth of July pet safety tips to help your best pal enjoy the holiday as much as you do.

Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

  1. Keep pets indoors – Fireworks are a fun part of an Independence Day celebration for humans, but for pets it’s a different story, and even pets who are used to being outside can become panicked and try to flee the sounds of a loud fireworks display. Similarly, do not bring pets to public fireworks shows or use fireworks around your pet.
  2. Create a retreat – Pets who are easily spooked by loud noises can benefit from having a safe, quiet spot to relax during the Fourth of July and the days surrounding it. Set your pet up in a secure room with all the comforts of home, including bedding, water, and toys. Draw the curtains and turn on a TV, radio, or fan to block out the noise.
  3. The importance of IDs – The comings and goings of guests at a party make for plenty of opportunities for pets to escape. Make sure your pet is wearing his or her collar with up-to-date ID tags at all times, and be sure to have him or her microchipped (and register the microchip) if you haven’t already.
  4. Supervise – Many of us spend time outdoors with friends and family over the holiday weekend, and pets are often a part of the group. Remember to keep your pet away from table scraps, alcoholic drinks, and garbage cans to avoid a pet poisoning emergency.
  5. Clean up – Just as important as monitoring your pet during a party is making sure you clean up after the guests have gone home. Items such as skewers, aluminum foil, corncobs, fruit pits, glow jewelry, matches, citronella candles, and other common Fourth of July items can pose a serious risk of stomach irritation, choking, or intestinal blockage if ingested.
  6. Beat the heat – Your pet’s risk of heat stroke rises right along with the temperature. Protect your pet from becoming overheated by providing plenty of water and shade at all times, bringing pets inside during the hottest part of the day, and never leaving them alone in a parked vehicle, even for a short time.

For more information on Fourth of July pet safety, don’t hesitate to call The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital.  If you experience an emergency on Fourth of July, please call our ER number at 630-334-3070.