Independence. America. BBQs. Friends. Family. Fireworks. Flags. Sparklers. Yes, these are all words that might come to mind when talking about the 4th of July. It is a fun weekend and for many it means a lot of time spent outside. You pets probably love this – the outdoors and the people they love the most. However, there are some things that must be kept in mind to make sure our pets stay safe during this holiday weekend.
Keep your pet indoors at all times – This would be safest for your pet, but if your pet is like most…they are NOT going to stand for this! They want to be outside with you. Just remember, keep an extra eye on them. You will have things going on that is out of their normal everyday life.
Don’t put insect repellant on your pet that isn’t specifically for pet use – Mosquitos, especially, are out and about. If you decide to protect your pet, make sure you buy a specialty repellant.
Alcoholic drinks poison pets – While you are enjoying your specially created red, white, and blue cocktail remember the harm that it can cause your pets and choose not to share. If you have guests over, it probably wouldn’t hurt to remind them of this rule too!
Going to a fireworks display? Leave your pet at home – This is a tip to really take seriously. Not only will there be the main display, but your pet will also be experiencing a high volume of people typically in a small area, lots of small children, people who may not ask before touching them, loud music, and side/handheld fireworks. It really is not fair to bring them into this type of environment.
Have your pet properly identified – If you pet does get stressed out with everything going on, there is chance that they may try to escape their current environment. Make sure they are properly identified so you are able to find them if this becomes the case.
Keep your pet away from glow jewelry – Light-up jewelry is a very popular staple at 4th of July parties, especially among the children. Be sure to keep all parts of the bracelets, necklaces, headbands, etc away from your fur babies.
NEVER use fireworks around pets – Enough said!
Don’t give your pet “table food” – This is a tip that should be followed every day. If you want to treat your pet this holiday weekend, be sure to stock up on bones or specifically baked dogs treats, or maybe even a new toy.
Lighter fluid and matches are harmful to pets – Keep these items at a high level and out of sight.
Citronella insect control products harm pets, too – As mentioned above, keep these out of sight. Your pets may become curious.
And last, but not least…Happy 4th of July from your AZPV family! Be safe and have fun!