​Keeping Your Pets Safe During Fourth of July Celebrations

​Keeping Your Pets Safe During Fourth of July Celebrations

Posted by B. Wilson on Jul 1st 2024

The Fourth of July is a time for fun with friends, family, and pets. But amidst the celebration, it’s important to protect our furry companions from potential hazards. Here are some key tips:

1. Food and Treats: Avoid feeding pets scraps from the grill and stick to their regular diet. Foods like onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt, and yeast dough are toxic to pets.

2. Noise and Anxiety: Fireworks can be frightening for pets. Create a calm, indoor space away from windows. Use soft music or white noise to minimize loud sounds. Consider providing toys or treats for distraction, and consult your vet about anti-anxiety options if needed.

3. Household Hazards: Keep alcoholic beverages, matches, lighter fluid, and fireworks out of reach. These items can cause intoxication, burns, or other serious health issues if ingested or mishandled.

4. Other Tips: Avoid using sunscreen or insect repellents not labeled for pets. Keep glow jewelry and citronella products away from pets, as ingestion can cause irritation or worse.

By following these simple guidelines, you can ensure your pets stay safe and comfortable during Fourth of July festivities. Enjoy the holiday responsibly with your furry friends!