Fourth of July with Fido – Celebration Safety Tips

Fourth of July with Fido – Celebration Safety Tips

As we all take extra precautions to stay safe and healthy this Independence Day, it is also important to remember your pet’s health and safety during these celebrations.  Most pets aren’t used to extra friends and family coming and going, party food and, of course, fireworks.  As you make plans for the holiday, here are some tips we compiled from the American Veterinary Medical Association and the ASPCA.

  • Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, pool chemicals, lawn products (like fertilizer or insecticides), charcoal, alcoholic drinks and kabob skewers away from your pets. They can do serious harm if ingested.
  • If you hear fireworks in your neighborhood, make sure you do a quick walk through your yard to check for firework debris before letting your pet outside.
  • It is best to leave your pets indoors and at home. Going to unfamiliar places with loud fireworks can be unsettling and cause anxiety.
  • Keep your pet away from a hot grill as well as food items that might fall from the grill.
  • Avoid feeding your pet table scraps or other human food. Grapes, raisins, chocolate, onions, avocados, and fatty/fried foods can be harmful to your pets.
  • Remember to make sure your pet has plenty of water, especially if they are hanging outside with you and your family.
  • If you are having guests at your house, make sure your pets do not have access to the door where people enter or exit. Guests can mistakenly let a pet out, especially if they are unaware your pet is a “door dasher”.
  • Make sure your pet is microchipped and has on a proper ID tag, and make sure both of those have your current contact information.
  • Take a current photo of your pet, just in case something happens and they get loose.

We hope these tips are helpful as you make your holiday plans.  We know your pets will enjoy the extra quality time with family.  To all our human and furry friends – have fun and stay safe!

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