The 4th of July is a time for celebration! Fireworks, barbecues, and spending time with family and friends are all fun. But what about your pet? They may not be used to the noise and excitement of the holiday and may become scared or anxious. That's why it's important to take steps to keep them safe and comfortable during the celebration of the 4th of July. This blog post will discuss how to celebrate the 4th of July with your pets.
Spend the Day with Them!
Most of the loud noises and crowds gather in the evening as the sun sets to enjoy the fireworks that light up the sky. So why not spend the day with your pet playing in the park, going for a drive, or just hanging out before you head out for the festivities? Here are a few ideas to do during the day with your furry friend:
- Take them swimming or run in the sprinklers
- Go on a play date with another fur-baby
- Give them a bath and throw on a patriotic bandana to help them show their spirit
- Make them some frozen treats
It's essential to remember that dogs can get over-heated, so ensure you keep them hydrated and give them some time to rest in the shade between activities.
You also need to remember that summer months and weather bring out insects that can bury themselves in your pet's fur. Be sure to check for ticks and fleas after outdoor activities. We also suggest you ensure they are up-to-date on all of their shots and flea and tick medicine before your outdoor activities.
Noisy, loud, crowded firework displays are NOT fun for pets
Many pet parents want to take their fur babies to celebrate the 4th of July, but many dogs are scared of crowds and loud noises. As a caring pet owner, it is best to resist the urge to take them to any Independence Day celebration. Some dogs can get really terrified and attempt to "escape" the scary situation resulting in an out-of-control dog and a tense situation. Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered, and escape-proof area at home.
Fireworks and Pets Never Mix
Severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets can result from exposure to fireworks. Even unused fireworks might pose a danger to your pet. Potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic, and other heavy metals, are often included in these fireworks and can really hurt your pet. So let's leave them at home.
It is essential to make sure your pet is properly tagged. License and microchip your pet.
If for some reason your pet escapes during the 4th of July festivities, you'll want to make sure your pet is licensed and microchipped. Identification will increase the likelihood that your pet will be returned to you if lost. Visit your vet or local humane society to get your pet microchipped or licensed today.
Make sure your pets wear identification tags so they can be returned to you promptly if they do become lost. It would be best if you looked into customizable pet IDs.
Always use a leash or carrier when transporting your pet. If you must be outside with your pet, keep the pet on a leash or in a carrier to help keep them from running.
If you find an animal running at large, they should be taken to your local animal shelter, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners. If you can't catch them on your own, call the authorities or pet control to give you a hand.
The 4th of July is a time for celebration, family, friends, and fireworks. But for our furry friends, it can also be a time of fear and anxiety. That's why we want to remind our readers to keep their pets indoors and away from the noise and lights of the holiday festivities. If they are outside, make sure they have a safe place to hide if they get scared. And don't forget water and shade on hot days! Finally, please check your pet for ticks and fleas after any outdoor activity. We hope you all have a fun and safe 4th of July! Be sure to share your 4th of July pictures with us! We want to celebrate with you!