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Pet Advice: What July 4th Means To Your Pet

July 4th

Usually, you get together with your friends and family on Fourth of July, right? You might have a picnic or a little backyard BBQ, relax and maybe go see some fireworks. That might sound like a good time to you, however, all of the Fourth of July festivities can terrify your pets.

Pay attention to you pet to how they react to the loud sounds of fireworks because you never know if those sounds are frightening your pet and could cause them to run. The summer heat is another thing to worry about and could be very dangerous. In order to keep your pets safe, it’s important to follow a plan to keep them safe.

Fourth of July Safety Tips:

  1. ID Tags: Always make sure your pets – cats and dogs alike – have ID tags with correct information on them.
  2. Current Photo: Always have a current photo on hand. You don’t want to show a picture of your lost pet if the pic is a baby picture.
  3. Microchip: Consider getting your pet microchipped. If your pet is microchipped then make sure all information is up to date.
  4. Anxiety Reduction: If you know your pet gets anxious during loud noises like fireworks, consult your local veterinarian on which types of treatments or therapy can help reduce the risk of problems.
  5. Secured Gates: Make sure all of your gates are locked, pet doors or gates are secure. You want to keep your pet safe and don’t want them to escape.
  6. Cates: Crates can keep your pets safe. Consider putting your pets in a safe and secure, escape proof room or crate during Fourth of July Festivities.
  7. Indoors: If you keep your dogs outside then consider bringing them inside during fireworks and they will thank you.
  8. Table Scraps: Avoid the urge to feed your pets table scraps or other foods intended for people.
  9. Trash: Check your yard for any trash that might have been left out from the festivities. There might be something dangerous like sharp objects such as cans or toothpicks.
  10. Cars: You should never leave your pets in the car when it’s warm outside. Vehicle interiors heat up much faster than the air around them, and even a short time in a locked car can be dangerous to pets.

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