4th of July Pet Safety Tips

Did you know that more pets go missing on July 4th than any other holiday? Fireworks, BBQ’s and other 4th of July traditions can be great fun for people; but all of the festivities can be frightening and even dangerous for animals. Fireworks are very scary for pets and they will often try to escape and run away. Holiday foods can make pets sick. Summer weather can cause heatstroke.

 

Take these steps to keep your pets safe this Independence Day:

• Make sure your pets have identification tags and a microchip with your current contact information.
• Make sure the environment is safe and secure. If your neighbors set off fireworks at an unexpected time, is your yard secure enough to keep your pet contained?
• Leave your pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks, or parades. Loud fireworks and crowds can all be very frightening to pets, and there’s high risk of pets becoming spooked and running away.
• Put your pet in a safe kennel or secure room during parties and fireworks.
• If your pet has noise phobias or has historically been very anxious on the 4th of July, consider speaking with us about medications that can help with anxiety in pets.
• Keep your pets inside if you or your neighbors are setting off fireworks.
• Keep sparklers, glow sticks, and fireworks, away from the reach of pets. 
• Don’t let pets get near your barbecue grill while it is in use or still hot.
• Don’t feed your pets table scraps or other foods intended for people.
• Remember that pets are very prone to heatstroke while outdoors. Keep them inside when it’s extremely hot/humid; make sure they have access to shade and plenty of water when outdoors.
• Never leave your pet in your vehicle alone. Vehicle interiors heat up much faster than the air around them, and even a short time in a locked car can be deadly to pets.
• don’t walk your dog on hot pavement, they can burn their paw pads in a few more Jutes on hot pavement.

 

Have a safe and fun 4th of July, from everyone at Spring Branch Veterinary Hospital