In just a few days we will be celebrating the 4th of July. For many of us, this is one of the highlights of the summer. It’s a holiday from work, we have the pleasure of spending the day with family and friends barbequing, watching parades and capping it all off with fireworks at the end of the day. While the day is full of celebrations for us, it can be full of trauma for our pets, so we’d like to take this opportunity to offer some tips and reminders on how to keep your pets safe as we celebrate the 4th of July.
SAFETY TIPS FOR CELEBRATING
If you plan to celebrate at home…….
If you’re planning on having guests over to celebrate the 4th, make plans ahead of time for your pets. If you have a dog and your back yard is fenced, it may be helpful to post signs at each gate reminding guests to close the gate to keep your dog from running. This can be a prime time for your pets to run, so make sure all gates are secured as guests are visiting. Make sure that all of your pets IDs are up to date, including their micro-chip information. If you have never had your pet micro-chipped, we strongly encourage you to do that; it’s a simple procedure that your vet can administer and sometimes it can make all the difference if your pet gets lost.
Other things to consider when celebrating the 4th at home, keep your pets away from the food that is being prepared. Remember, there are a number of fruits and vegetables that are very healthy for humans but not for pets. Alcohol is another concern for pets during summer celebrations. Consider serving beer in bottles or cans to prevent your pets from drinking out of someone’s open cup.
Also, if you and your guests will be setting off fireworks, make sure there is a garbage receptacle for the debris. Fireworks often contain toxic chemicals that are dangerous for pets, so make sure that all firework debris is picked up from your yard so that pets can’t chew and eat it later.
If you plan to celebrate away from home…….
If you plan to celebrate with family or friends away from home, leave your pets at home where they will be safe and secure. We’re all for getting pets out and about to get exercise and socialize but when it comes to the 4th of July, it’s truly best to keep your pets home and in a safe room where they can’t get out. Crowded parks with loud fireworks can spook your dog, so for their safety it’s really best to leave them at home. Plan to leave them at home in a safe room, such as the laundry room and turn on some white noise to distract from all the noise outside.
If you plan to travel over the holiday weekend, make sure that where you are going welcomes pets and bring along your pet’s kennel. This will work as their “safety room” away from home and will keep them from being able to run if they get spooked.
Remember, boarding kennels are also a great option when traveling. Here at Hillrose Pet Resort, we offer safe and compassionate boarding care for your pets. We offer separate boarding for various sized breeds, and cats love our private, quiet enclosures. We also offer Executive family suites for families with multiple pets who want to board together.
These are all very common-sense tips, but it’s always good to be reminded of these things each year. Some animals are un-phased by fireworks, but most are not. You can protect your pet and your own peace of mind by making plans ahead of time to ensure that your 4th of July celebration will be safe for both you and your pet.