Category: Lifestyle

Protecting Your Pets on the Fourth of July

Independence Day is a celebratory time of the year filled with get-togethers, food, parades, and, of course, fireworks! Here are some ways to help make your celebrations safe for your pet!

It’s always fun to spend time with your loved ones! But be aware of lurking toxins within your pet’s reach.

1. Alcohol
Digesting alcohol can cause serious health problems such as vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, seizures, and more. Be sure to remove all alcohol from your pet’s reach, and call your nearest animal hospital if you suspect your pet has ingested alcohol.
2. Glow Sticks, Bubble Wands, and Sparklers
Glow sticks, bubble wands, and sparklers are fun to play with, and your pet might want to join in on the action! Do not let your pet bite or ingest any portion of the items to prevent health issues.
3. Bug Spray and Citronella Products
Bugs can be a pest but do not apply bug spray to your pet! Any kind of ingestion can cause problems such as diarrhea, vomiting, and more. Inhalation of citronella-based products can cause respiratory issues. Instead, try fanning your pet to ward of pests with a hand or portable fan.

Party foods smell and taste delicious but can pose a serious health threat to your pet!

Avoid giving your pet party food and instead bring pet-safe treat options for you and your guests to give your pet in moderation

Parades are a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy, but it can be too overwhelming for your pet. It’s best to leave your pet home if possible, but if that is not an option, here are some tips to help keep your pet safe at a parade:

1. Always have your pet on a standard leash close to your side
2. Make sure your pet has their collar on and all information on it is up-to-date and accurate
3. Check-in with your pet to make sure they are okay and safely remove them from the crowd at any sign of discomfort or distress
4. Bring plenty of treats, water, and poop bags (try switching to biodegradable bags as an eco-friendly option!)
5. Stay towards the edge of the crowd for a quicker exit and to avoid being in the middle of a crowd
6. Bring a pet first aid kit in case of injury
7. Advocate for your pet’s needs such as preventing everyone from touching your pet without permission

Did you know?: More pets reportedly go missing during the Fourth of July than any other time of the year!

Fireworks are beautiful as they light up the night sky with their bright, vivid colors! Their displays are exciting to see but can cause distress to your pets with its loud sounds. Try using these methods to help keep your pet safe while fireworks light up the sky:

1. If you are going out to see fireworks, leave your pet home if possible
2. Bring your pet inside and make sure all exits are securely closed
3. Make sure your pet has their collar on with updated and accurate information in case they escape
4. Create a safe space with their favorite toys, tasty treats, and a cozy blanket or bed
5. Stay close to your pet to provide them with comfort
6. Distract your pet with soothing sounds or playtime to help reduce anxiety
7. Use anxiety aids such as anxiety body wraps or natural supplements to help keep pets calm (consult your vet before giving supplements to your pet!)

Have a safe Fourth of July!

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