The fourth of July is coming and everyone is getting ready to grill, set off fireworks and take a trip to celebrate. Everyone that is except for our four-legged friends and other pets. There are some things that have to be taken into consideration when it comes to pets and keeping them safe during the fourth of July.
Keeping Your Pets Safe On The 4th Of July
We’ve got some great tips to keep your pets safe during the 4th of July celebrations.
Stick To Their Regular Diet
Animals don’t digest foods the same way that humans do and some of the things you love can be dangerous, even deadly to your pet. Don’t feed your pet the same foods you eat during the holiday.
If you insist on feeding your pet just like the rest of the family make sure you take the time to discuss it with your veterinarian. They are the best source you have when it comes to giving your pet a treat.
Decorations and Hidden Dangers
While there’s nothing wrong with decorating for the fourth of July it to can present a danger to your pet. Simply keep them out of reach of your pet. Anything that you would not allow your child to have should be kept out of reach of pets. Make sure candles, insect repellent and sun screen are out of reach. Make sure anything you put on your pet is made just for them.
Calming Your Pet During Fireworks
Fireworks make a pretty color spread as they explode in the sky. The problem comes in when they sound like an explosion to your pet. Is your yard fenced in and secure, so they can’t get out in a panic and get hurt? Better yet take them inside, so you can comfort them while the fireworks are going off.
Put them in a room they feel safe in with their favorite toys and blanket or bed. Turn on the TV or music to drown out the sound of the fireworks.
Remember some people will begin setting them off a few days before the fourth of July. Create a calming place for your pet, and make sure there aren’t any choking hazards or breakable items they can get hurt on inside if they panic when the fireworks go off. If your pet has anxiety issues you need to discuss what your options are with your vet.
Walks During 4th of July Week
Unless you have puppy pads, a little box or other option for your pet you’re going to have to let them outside to use the bathroom. Go with them and make sure they’re as far away from anything that might scare them as possible. Keep your pets on a leash to ensure they do not get away from you.
The fourth of July is a time to celebrate and have fun. You can include your pets and keep them safe at the same time. Simply taking a few precautions never ruined anyone’s fun and it can make it far more enjoyable for your pets knowing they are safe in your care.