For humans, fireworks, picnics, and other Fourth of July traditions can be a lot of fun, but for animals, the festivities can be scary and even deadly. Noisy fireworks and other festivities can shock animals and lead them to flee; holiday meals can be unhealthy; summer heat and travel can be harmful; and possibly dangerous debris can wind up on the ground and be eaten or played with by pets.
Whether or not you’re throwing your own Fourth of July bash, it’s critical to take steps to keep your dogs safe during and after the festivities.
Animal control and shelters generally have their busiest days of the year on July 4th evening and the next day. Here are some fantastic pet safety guidelines to keep your dogs and cats calm this Fourth of July as we prepare for the pleasure of summer barbeques and fireworks.
Preparing in advance
- Ensure that your pets, including cats and dogs, are wearing identification tags that include up-to-date information. If you have horses, label a safety (breakaway) halter with your contact information and leave it on your horse during this stressful period.
- Consult your veterinarian about having your pets microchipped if they aren’t already. If your dogs go missing, this easy method can substantially enhance your chances of bringing them back.
- Make sure your contact information in the microchip registry is up to date if your dogs are microchipped.
- Just in case, take a recent photo of all of your pets, dogs, and horses.
- Consider behavioral treatment to desensitize your pet and decrease the likelihood of issues if your pet has previously been nervous around this holiday or if you have cause to predict possibly dangerous reactions. Medication may be required for some dogs. Consult a veterinary behaviorist or your veterinarian.
- Ascertain the safety and security of the surroundings. Is your yard safe enough to keep your pet contained if your neighbors let off fireworks at an inopportune time? Are pasture fences strong enough to contain horses and other livestock? Consider your alternatives and pick the safest location for your animals
Keep your dog or cat indoors
For a dog, fireworks shows include a lot of loud and startling noises. Keep your pet inside if possible to avoid being startled by the noises.
Noise-proof your home by closing the blinds and putting on the television or playing calming music in the background to drown out the sounds of fireworks.
Keep a close eye on human food
Summer BBQs are a fantastic opportunity to spend time with friends and family while enjoying delicious food. Just make sure your dog doesn’t eat anything that could make them sick.
Ensure that your pet is properly identified.
Make sure your pet is microchipped so that if they become startled and run away, you can quickly locate them and ensure that they are safe.
Create a safe haven
Even if your pet is inside, you may need to create a safe haven for them in the house. This might be a smaller room where you put up their bed and there are less distractions and noises. It’s all about establishing a relaxing atmosphere for them.
You Shouldn’t Take Your Dog to a Fireworks Display
It may be tempting to bring your dog to the fireworks displays, but make sure you keep them at home in a secure location. Even if the noises don’t appear to disturb them, you never know what could set them off.
Read more: Top 10 Common Fears and Phobias In Dogs
Pets should not be exposed to human products.
Even if there are pests outside, you should never spray your pet with human-grade items. They include substances that have not been specially developed for them. Look for pet-friendly items on the internet.
Lighter fluid should be tucked away.
Almost anything will entice a dog to sniff and lick it. Keep dangerous goods away from kids, hidden away in cupboards or out of their reach, to reduce their risk. They may be quite unpleasant to your dog’s stomach, lungs, and neurological system if eaten. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
After the celebrations
- Before letting your dogs to play or rest outside, make sure your yard is clear of fireworks debris. Even if you didn’t light the pyrotechnics, debris can fall into your yard and be picked up by curious animals to play with or consume.
- To keep your horses and animals safe, inspect your pastures and remove any debris.
- Check your yard and home for food leftovers or other debris that might be hazardous to pets, such as food skewers, if you have visitors.
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