4th of July is right around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the USA by hanging in the backyard BBQ-ing and watching fireworks! Although we humans love the 4th of July, pets don’t necessarily feel the same way. Here are some tips on how to make the most out of your 4th of July celebration while keeping your pet safe!
Make Sure Your Pet Has Proper Identification. It’s important for your pet to have an ID tag on their collar at all times, but it’s especially important that they wear their ID tag on the 4th of July. Animal shelters around the US prepare for an influx of dogs every 4th of July because of dogs running away after fireworks go off. Keeping an ID tag on your dog’s collar can prevent your dog from getting lost.
Keep Human Food and Alcohol Away From Your Pet. It can be tempting to give your dog a scrap or two of our leftovers, but it’s truly important that you don’t give your dog a taste of any human food or drink during your holiday BBQ. Any change from your dog’s normal diet can result in diarrhea (not a fun thing to deal with). Certain human foods can be toxic to dogs, including (but not limited to) onions, avocado, coffee, chocolate, grapes, salt and yeast dough and alcohol can cause dogs to become intoxicated, weak and possibly go into a coma. If you want to give them something special during your get-together, get them some yummy dog treats!
Don’t Apply Any Sunscreen or Insect Repellent That Isn’t Labeled for Pet Use. If your dog licks sunscreen or repellent that isn’t for pets, they could become very sick. If insect repellent contains DEET, there’s a chance your pet could have neurological problems if ingested.
Keep Dogs Away From Fireworks at All Cost. Fireworks may be fun for humans to enjoy, but the booming sounds of fireworks can frighten your pet. If you decide to attend a fireworks show, leave your pet at home. If you have a fireworks show at your house, keep your pet inside and away from both lit and unlit fireworks, as they contain potentially toxic substances.
We hope these tips are helpful for you and your four-legged BFF. Happy 4th of July!