Attending cookouts and watching fireworks is a fun time to us, but to our furry friends, these events pose many dangers. Loud fireworks can easily spook our pets; summer heat can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke; and holiday foods can be toxic to pets.
If your pet will be staying home alone for the Fourth, here are some precautions to take to keep them safe and comfortable:
- Make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise before the festivities begin
- Turn on the TV, or music, to mask the firework noises
- Leave your pet with a puzzle, or frozen, stuffed treats to keep them distracted while you are out
- Check with your veterinarian for other advice for your pet
If your dog will be attending a cookout with you, here are a few safety tips to consider:
- Bring dog food and treats for your friends to give your dog, instead of table scraps (visit here for a list of foods that are toxic to pets)
- Make sure they have water and shade available, but also be sure they have access to an indoor space if it becomes too hot and humid
- Keep your dog away from open flames, sparklers, and glow sticks
- Never leave your dog in the car, even for a short time, in warm weather. The interior temperature of a car can rise to a dangerously hot level very quickly, and they can suffer from or die of heat stroke.
- Make sure your dog is wearing a current ID tag. July 4th is a big day for lost pets.
- Confirm that your pet’s microchip records are up-to-date with your current contact information
We hope these tips help, and that you and your pets have a safe, fun and happy Fourth of July!