4th of July Pet Safety Tips
The Fourth of July is the perfect holiday to enjoy a delicious BBQ in the backyard and watch the fireworks with family, friends and of course our furry friends. However, we should be very careful with our pets because these celebrations can be disturbing and hazardous for them.
Here you can find some great tips that you can follow to help you keep your pet safe and happy this 4th of July.
Keep your pet away from BBQ grills, Alcohol beverages and Food:
- Keep your pets away from hot BBQ grills. Curious pets can easily get burn, especially if they are interested by what is cooking on the grill.
- Never leave alcohol drinks, bones or other types of food unattended where pets can reach them. Alcohol is potentially poison for pets, if consumed, your pet can become intoxicated. Bones should also be avoided because they can crack and get lodged in the gastrointestinal tract, also they can break their teeth or cause intestinal obstructions. So, make sure to keep them all away from your pet!
Don’t apply any sunscreen or insect repellent products to your pet:
- Ingestion of sunscreen or insect repellent products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. If you want to use any sunscreen or insect repellent on your pet you should make sure that it is specifically to use on animals.
- Keep citronella candles away from your pet. Ingestion can cause stomach irritation, If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.
Keep your pet away from fireworks:
- Never use fireworks near pets, exposure to fireworks can result in severe burns or trauma to the face or paws of curious pets, also unused fireworks can be a danger for your pet because many types of fireworks contain potentially toxic substances.
- The bright lights and loud noises can be frightened and disoriented your furry friend, as a result, they will try to escape to get away. Runaway pets can become lost and increase the risk to be hit by a car. To keep your pets safe and stress-free during the fireworks display, be sure to keep them indoors, you can turn on the TV or radio to help drown out loud and scary noises outside.
Your pet must always have an ID tag:
- All pets must have an ID tag. In case your pet runaway or get lost during the fireworks display, the ID tags will give a clue to the person who could find your pet to return your pet home. ID tags, Collars and Microchips are always the best way to ensure that if your pet gets lost, he will be returned to you.
Recommended by ASPCA:
In case that your pet is lost be prepared downloading the ASPCA Mobile App. This app will give you a personalized missing pet recovery kit, including step-by-step instructions on how to search for a lost animal in a variety of circumstances.
Remember always keep your pets’ IDs up to date! even indoor-only pets, they should wear a collar with an ID tag that includes your contact information.
Have a safe and happy 4th of July with your family, friends and your furry friends!!
Disclaimer: I'm neither a vet nor an animal nutritionist, Each individual is responsible for all decisions. This Blog is written and produced for informational purposes only.