In preparation for celebrating America’s Independence Day here are a couple tips to keep your pets safe this holiday weekend!
Prepare in Advance
- Make sure your animals have appropriate identification. Whether your animals are micro-chipped or they have a wearable collar, make sure that information is current and up-to-date.
- Take note if your pet has history of having anxiety; loud music, noises, and lots of people could make you pet anxious. If your pet has history of this maybe seek out a professional opinion to reduce the risk of a harmful reaction.
- If you are hosting a July 4th party, make sure your yard has a secure fence and the ground is free of debris. Take note if you neighbors are participating in fireworks. Your neighbor’s debris could land in your yard making it available for curious pets.
- Make sure you have a current photo of your pet – in the event anything happens.
Safety Precautions During July 4th
- Make sure any events you decide to attend that you leave your pets at home. Firework displays, parades, and other loud gatherings could be frightening to your pets, running the risk of them running away or becoming agitated.
- Consider putting your pets in a safe room or in their crates during parties.
- Make sure you keep glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal, sparkles, kabob skewers or any other foreign objects away from your pets.
- Urge your party guest not to feed your pets any table scrapes or food intended for people.
- Make sure your pet has enough food and water throughout the day/night, and that there is a place for them to shade themselves outside.
After July 4th Celebrations
- Check to make sure your yard is clear of debris or food scraps that may have been dropped accidently by party guests.
- Check to make sure your fence is secure and there is nothing that could potentially harm your pet.