Fireworks Safety Tips for You and Your Pet

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and, while we hope you have a fun holiday, always remember to do so safely. As you celebrate independence with your pet, the following safety tips are crucial to a successful July 4th.

Understand if Your Pet Doesn’t Like Loud Noises

Cats are especially sensitive, but many dogs fear sudden sounds as well. It’s understandable to want to take your pup to the park to enjoy some barbeque and fireworks, but if he doesn’t have the temperament for them, there are precautions you can take.

Anxiety vests are popular this time of year when dogs just love to hang out in the summer but can’t stand the crowds and chaos! These vests fit snug against your pet’s body and apply a gentle pressure – kind of like a hug. Dogs find the sensation incredibly calming, which will keep them relaxed while you all are out during the Fourth of July.

Most importantly, while you may want your pet outside with you to celebrate, you should recognize if your furry friend just isn’t cut out for all the noise. If they are shaking uncontrollably, trying to run away and hide, it is probably best you take them home and leave them there in peace.

Keep an Eye on Curious Pets

On the flip side, your pet may love loud noises, thrive on chaos, or just enjoy being around as many humans as possible. If fear isn’t an issue, curiosity might be. Many curious pets find the best way to understand a foreign object is to taste it, and when you consider all the strange things laying around during an Independence Day celebrations, this could be a recipe for disaster.

Fireworks are full of dangerous chemicals that can seriously harm your pet if ingested. Charcoal, coloring agents, and some common barbeque foods are all things you must watch out for and keep your pet away from. If your pet is showing any signs of poisoning, such as vomiting or bloody diarrhea, take him to see us immediately!

As you take your day off to relax and have fun, understand that just taking basic precautions can stop your holiday from going wrong in a plethora of ways.

Have a happy Fourth of July and stay safe!