As we make our family plans for the 4th of July, let's also consider the safety of our pets. It can be tempting to include our furry family members in the festivities, but for this holiday, in particular, it might be best to leave Fido and Fluffy behind. Here are a few things to consider this Independence Day:
More pets are lost on the 4th of July than on any other day of the year. Why? Mostly because they are scared of the loud noises. Pets don't understand fireworks, so, if frightened, a common reaction is to run. Pets run from celebrations and even from their own homes and yards. Protect your pet and be sure your pet's tag and/or microchip is up-to-date in case she should become lost.
Be mindful of the heat. We're officially into summer, now, and many areas of the country are incredibly hot. If your pet goes with you, be sure you have means to cool your animal, and be sure to have plenty of water. Also, be sure not to walk your dog on hot pavement. Paws can burn easily. And never leave your pet in a car, even with the windows cracked. Temperatures can rise to fatal conditions within just a minute.
Protect your pet from dangerous foods and cooking. Be sure your pet does not consume something he shouldn't, which can commonly happen during Independence Day gatherings. Inform guests not to feed table scraps, and be sure your pet does not get a hold of chocolate, onions, bones, or other hazardous foods. Also, make sure your grill is supervised at all times. Grilling meat can be tempting to pets, and they don't necessarily understand the consequences of jumping up on a hot grill.
Keep your pet indoors, away from fireworks. It's best to leave your pet home. Be sure all doors and windows are secure so that your pet does not escape. You may want to consider leaving a radio or TV on for your pet to drown out the noise of fireworks and celebrations, both of which can be stressful for your pet.
Help your pet with treatment. Some pet owners will tranquilize their fearful, panicked pet on the 4th, but I prefer natural methods such as Azmira's Herbal Calm or the ThunderShirt. Giving your pet some anxiety relief can help prevent unfortunate situations and can make your pet more relaxed during this stressful holiday.
Well Minded wishes you and your pets a safe and sound 4th of July!