Fireworks and Furry Friends: Keeping Your Pets Safe on the Fourth of July

As we gear up for the exciting festivities of Independence Day, it's essential to ensure the safety and well-being of our furry friends. The Fourth of July may be a blast for us, but the loud noises, bright lights, and unfamiliar environment can be extremely stressful for our pets. So it's important to be prepared to keep your pets safe during the Fourth of July celebrations.

 

Fourth of July Pet Safety

 

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Create a Pet-Friendly Quiet Zone

Set up a cozy and secure area in your home where your pet can retreat during the festivities. Fill it with their favorite toys, blankets, and familiar scents to provide a comforting environment away from the noise and commotion. Create a soothing ambiance by playing soft music or turning on the TV to mask the noise of fireworks. Close curtains or blinds to minimize the bright flashes of light.

Firework Safety

Fireworks and pets don't mix well. Animals can mistake fireworks in shiny packaging for food. Keep all fireworks, sparklers, and firecrackers securely stored out of your pet's reach. Ingesting or playing with fireworks can lead to serious injuries, burns, and toxic reactions. Additionally, flames from falling fireworks and sparklers can burn pets. Safely secure pets indoors while fireworks are going off. If you have to take your dog outside, make sure to use a leash.

ID Tags and Microchipping

Make sure your pet has proper identification tags with up-to-date contact information. When pets are scared by fireworks or loud noises, they can jump fences or dig their way out of yards, causing them to get lost. In case they become scared and escape, a collar with ID tags or a microchip greatly increases the chances of a safe return.

Do Not Share Food Scraps

While enjoying some delicious BBQ and picnic treats, be cautious about sharing human food with your pets. Many festive foods can be harmful to animals, including onions, chocolate, alcohol, and certain fruits. Keep all food out of pets’ reach and make sure trash bags are tightly secured. Stick to pet-friendly treats and make sure your guests are aware not to share snacks with your furry friends. Planning a holiday BBQ? Check out our full blog post about pet safety during your event.

Enjoy a Walk With Your Pet Before You Celebrate

Before the celebrations begin, engage your pet in an energetic play session or take them for a long walk. Physical exercise can help tire them out and reduce anxiety. Mental stimulation, such as puzzle toys or treat-dispensing toys, can also keep them occupied and distracted during the festivities.

Consult with Your Veterinarian

If your pet experiences severe anxiety or phobia during fireworks, consider speaking with your veterinarian. They will guide behavior management techniques or recommend appropriate medications or supplements to help alleviate their distress.

 

If your pet needs emergency veterinary care, DoveLewis is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. We’re located at 1945 NW Pettygrove Street in Portland or call us at 503.228.7281.

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