Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe this July 4th

June 27, 2018

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I love July 4th and seeing all the American flags displayed, and the pride people show for our great country. I also enjoy watching fireworks and stuffing my face at a good holiday cookout. My biggest fear for myself is sunburn or maybe eating potato salad that may have sat out a bit too long.

Pets, on the other hand, can be at risk for all kinds of danger during Holiday celebrations. 

If you've checked the weather, you know it's going to be hot and humid the next week or so. Make sure pets are properly hydrating during the Summer. Also, I told you last week that pavement and asphalt temperatures are a whopping 125-degrees when the air temperature outside is just 77. 

The heat and humidity will be back in full force this weekend and that's when a lot of people may be hosting their Independence day celebrations since July 4th falls on a Wednesday!

Now let's talk about a big part of 4th of July celebrations, fireworks. It's awesome when the crowd ooh's and ahh's at the bright colors and loud sounds, but our pet's hearing is a lot more sensitive than ours. If you are planning to see some fireworks like SkyShow Uptown, don't bring your dog. Leave them home where they are safe and away from large crowds. If your dog or cat freak out when it storms, you can be sure they will be stressed with the sounds of fireworks too. Make sure your pets are secured in your home where they cannot hurt themselves or get loose. 

If you are having a party at your home, you'll also want to mindful of your pet's location. Some pets don't like strangers and may act out with all the unfamiliar faces. There's a 30% increase in lost pets between July 4th and 6th according to PetAmberAlert.com. So it's best to again, isolate your pet to one location where they can be alone if they are anxious. 

Also, all that yummy cookout food can be dangerous to pets. Make sure any bones are put in solid trash cans that are pet-proof. Dogs and cats in general, shouldn't be eating our table scraps anyway. Onions, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough are all possible hazards for dogs and cats. And chocolate and alcohol are especially toxic to pets. 

You can get more tips on pet safety from PetMD here!

Here's to celebrating a happy and healthy July 4th!