As Independence Day quickly approaches, we know many of us are excited for the celebrations this weekend. As you prepare for your 4th of July festivities, it is important to consider your pet as well! Whether you are spending the day with your family at home or practicing social distancing at the beach, there are special precautions you should take to ensure your pet’s safety this holiday. We’ve put together some helpful tips to help you keep your pet safe this July 4th!

Proper identification

Fireworks and loud noises can easily startle your pet and cause him to run out of your home or yard in fear. Make sure your pet’s ID tag includes his name and your contact information so that your pet can be returned to you as quickly as possible. By putting an identification tag on your pet, you can help your pet return home safely should he run out of the house or yard.

We also recommend microchipping as further means of protection should he get lost. A microchip can help animal professionals get him home safely even if he loses his ID tag. If your pet already has a microchip, make sure your information is up to date with whichever company you registered your pet.

A safe and secure environment

One of the most important ways to keep your pet safe and at ease this holiday is to provide them with a safe and secure environment. This is especially important if you plan to have guests at your house or if you live in an area where fireworks may be going off. Even the most social of pets can become stressed in these situations. We recommend keeping your pet at home in an escape-proof room or crate with their favorite toys or consider using a calming jacket to help prevent anxiety.

Keep your pet away from table scraps, barbeques, fireworks, and sparklers

Even if your pet “will eat anything,” that doesn’t mean he should! There are many human foods that are not safe for pets to consume, so it is always best to let your pet stick to his normal diet and refrain from feeding him any food from the table. Make sure your guests don’t slip him any treats and keep all trash secured in a trash bin out of reach.

Additionally, make sure your pet does not get too close to your barbeque or fire pit, as these can easily become dangerous for your furry friend. Keep any fireworks or sparklers stored out of your pet’s reach to prevent any accidents. Keep your pet secured while using fireworks to prevent injury as often curious pets may run out to investigate or chase to prevent them from the fireworks.

Provide water and shade

The summer heat is no fun, even once the sun sets temperatures can still be high. Make sure your pet has plenty of water and shade if he is going to spend time outdoors. If possible, keep your pet in a safe indoors in an air-conditioned room with plenty of toys to keep him occupied and easy access to his food and water bowl. This will help ensure that your pet is well hydrated, fed, and does not become anxious or overheated.

The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate with your friends, family, and furry friends. By taking these precautions, you can enjoy your holiday without worrying about the safety and wellbeing of your pet. For more information about how you can better protect your pet this 4th of July, contact Shey’s Veterinary Hospital today.

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