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Though for most people, the 4th of July is a time for friends, family, fun and celebration, it can be an entirely different story for our pets. Even if you think you can predict your pet’s behavior, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and take preventative measures to ensure your pet stays safe.
Food and drink
Barbecues, picnics, and potlucks– it wouldn’t be a true celebration without sharing summer foods with good company. However, some foods are dangerous or downright toxic to pets. Here are some of the main ones to be aware of:
- Corn cobs can pose a choking hazard for a dog that might try to swallow it whole
- Onions and garlic
- Grapes and raisins
- Fatty meat scraps are highly enticing to a curious nose, but can cause pancreatitis
- Discarded meat bones pose a choking hazard, but may also splinter and puncture your pet’s internal organs
- Learn more: what parts of a burger can my dog eat?
Plan ahead to make some preparations that can help set your pet up for success.
Preparing ahead of time:
- Consider purchasing a calming wrap or Thundershirt to help ease anxiety
- For especially anxious pets, consult your veterinarian at least a week in advance for medications
On the day of:
- Play with cats to relieve their extra energy
- Take dogs on a long walk to tire them out before the fireworks start
- Close windows and doors to block noises and prevent escape
- Turn on a fan, radio, or TV to help cover the noise
- Create a cozy den for your pet to hide in
- Provide a long-lasting treat or toy to distract them and keep them busy
Pet ID tags
Anxiety can cause spooked pets to run away and become lost. Even if you think your pet would never run away or you’re certain they are securely inside, make sure they are wearing a visible ID tag with up-to-date contact information.