Jul 01, 2023 | By, For Pet's Sake

Paw-fection in pet firework safety: Celebrating the Fourth of July with your furry best friends in mind

The Fourth of July is an exciting time for our fur babies as they get to enjoy backyard barbecues, fun gatherings and of course, the spectacular fireworks show. However, these festivities can also pose a significant risk to our beloved pets. As pet owners, it is our responsibility to take precautions and ensure that our furry friends are safe and secure during the holiday. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to make sure your pet can enjoy the Fourth of July festivities with paw-fection.

Create a comfortable and safe space

Loud noises from fireworks can terrify some pets, causing them to run away from their homes. Before the Fourth of July, create a comfortable and secure space in your home where your pets can relax. Place some of their favorite toys, a comfortable bed and some treats. Consider playing some soothing music or turning on the TV to create a relaxing atmosphere.

Avoid the fireworks

As much as possible, it is best to keep your pets away from where the fireworks will be displayed. The loud sounds can be very alarming for them, causing them to panic and run away. Keep them inside and close all windows and doors before the fireworks begin. If you must bring them outside for a bathroom break, always keep them on a leash and ensure someone is supervising them.

Check your pet’s tags and microchip

Ensure your pet is wearing a current identification tag with your name and contact information on it. If possible, make sure your pet’s microchip information is up-to-date. In case they accidentally run away or get lost during the festivities, they can easily be identified and returned to you.

Keep the food and drinks away

During the Fourth of July celebration, there will likely be plenty of food and drinks around. However, it is best to keep these away from your pets as certain food and drinks can be toxic to them. Foods containing chocolate, avocado, onions, grapes, and raisins should be kept away from pets. Alcoholic drinks should also be kept out of their reach, as even small amounts can be fatal to them.

Know the signs of distress

Despite our best efforts, our pets may still be scared during the fireworks. Watch out for signs of distress, such as pacing, trembling, panting and hiding. If you notice any of these signs, try to calm them down by hugging them or speaking to them in a soothing tone. Consult with your vet if you are concerned about your pet’s well-being.

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate with friends, family and our fur babies. With these simple but effective tips and tricks, you can ensure your pets are safe and comfortable during the festivities.

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