4th of July Safety for Pets

As Independence Day quickly approaches, you may be making plans for how you are going to celebrate. When making arrangements for your 4th of July festivities, it is important to also consider your pet! Whether you are spending the day with your family at home or on the beach with friends, there are special precautions you should take to help ensure the safety of your pet on this holiday. We’ve put together a few helpful tips to help you prepare!

1. Make sure your pet has proper identification
Fireworks and loud noises can easily startle your pet and cause him to run out of fear. Putting a proper identification tag on your pet can help ensure your pet returns home safely should he get out of the house or yard. Make sure your pet’s ID tag includes his name and your contact information so that your pet can be returned to you as quickly as possible. We also recommend taking a photo of your pet and microchipping him to further prevent the chances of him getting lost. If your pet already has a microchip, make sure your information is up to date with whichever company you registered your pet.

2. Make sure your pet is in a safe, secured environment
One of the most important steps you can take to help prevent your pet from getting lost is making sure he is in a safe and secure environment. This is especially important if you plan to have guests at your house or if you live in an area where fireworks may be going off. We recommend keeping your pet at home in an escape-proof room or crate during the festivities, as the pomp and circumstance can be overwhelming for your pet.

3. Keep your pet away from table scraps, barbeques, fireworks, and sparklers
Even if your pet “will eat anything,” that doesn’t mean he should! There are many human foods that are not safe for pets to consume, so it is always best to let your pet stick to his normal diet and refrain from feeding him any food from the table. Make sure your guests don’t slip him any treats and keep all trash secured in a trash bin out of reach.

Additionally, make sure your pet does not get too close to your barbeque or fire pit, as these can easily become dangerous for your furry friend. Keep any fireworks or sparklers stored out of your pet’s reach to prevent any accidents.

4. Make sure your pet has plenty of water and shade
Finally, make sure that your pet has plenty of water and shade should he be spending time outdoors. If possible, keep your pet in a safe, air-conditioned room with plenty of chew toys and easy access to his food and water bowl. This will help ensure that your pet is well hydrated, fed, and does not become anxious or overheated.

The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate with your friends, family, and furry friends. By taking these precautions, you can enjoy your holiday without worrying about the safety and wellbeing of your pet. For more information about how you can better protect your pet this 4th of July, contact Valle Verde Animal Hospital today.

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