There is no other day of the year where your pets are in more danger than they will be on Thursday.
Beautiful but bombastic fireworks displays often scare pets that are not used to the loud noises. Pets often go running for some kind of shelter, an escape from the scary percussion bursts.
That’s why in the United States, there are more pets reported missing on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year.
Independence Day is also one of the top days for pet injuries. We want you and your pets to have a safe and fun celebration of America’s independence, so here are eight Fourth of July safety tips for your pets:
- Keep Your Pet Home – Sure, your friend might have a pet friendly home. You might have even taken little Fido or Mittens over to your friend’s place before, but there is nothing more reassuring than the safety of familiarity. And there’s nothing more familiar than home. You really don’t want to have your pet outdoors when it gets dark. Not only is it likely to get scared by the larger fireworks, but it could also try to chase after smaller fireworks and cause injury to itself.
- Provide a Safe Environment — Even if you have an outside pet, it is advised you bring the pet inside for the night. With your pet in your home, close the windows, blinds and curtains. Keep your pet in an isolated area of your place where there is no escape to the outdoors. You can make your pet feel more comfortable by turning up familiar sounds like the television or radio to help drown out the popping and banging of fireworks.
- Put A Collar On – My roommate and I take the dog’s collar off when we bring her inside after a walk. It just seems unnecessary and potentially restrictive when she’s inside. If you are like us, then you should consider keeping the collar on Thursday. With the number of pets that end up missing, a little extra precaution is smart. Make sure your pet’s collar and/or tags has identification and your name and contact information, so if someone finds little Sally, that person will be able to return her to you.
- Go The Extra Step With A Microchip — If an animal is frightened or panicked by the sounds of fireworks, its behavior could become erratic and it could potentially become separated from its collar. The best thing you can do to assure your pet can be identified and then returned to you is to have them microchipped. It’s a quick and relatively inexpensive procedure that will help you identify your pet if it ever goes missing or is taken.
- Drunk Pets Aren’t Funny – Giving your pet is never a good idea. It’s not funny. It’s dangerous. Your pet can become extremely intoxicated very quickly and cause damage to its internal organs…if not worse. A couple of sips of beer? The fermented hops in beer are poisonous to dogs and cats.
- Keep the Same Diet – The same thing with beer goes with many foods we ingest on a normal basis. A lot of foods we eat commonly are toxic to pets. A couple of scraps off the grill? Any changes in diet have the potential to cause an upset stomach and there’s not much worse than missing out on the fireworks show because you are caring for a sick pet or having to clean up after it makes an unexpected mess in the floor.
- Human Products for Humans Only – There’s a reason why there are pet specific bakeries and insect repellants and other items. Human products can be dangerous and even deadly for pets. Don’t use any pest repellant spray or sunscreen on your pets unless it is a pet specific product. Also, keep your pets away from insect repelling candles, oils, etc. most of those products contain citronella, which is toxic if inhaled or ingested by pets.
- Plan Ahead — Many of these safety tips can fall under the overarching umbrella of planning ahead. But there are other things you can do when planning ahead before the night time display of fireworks. Wear your pet out with a day full of playing and activity. And if your pet isn’t up to being worn out, you can look into getting a sedative from your veterinary.