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4 ways to keep your pets safe this Fourth of July

By: Jessica Urgiles-- 2015-06-25 6:28 pm --

Americans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family gatherings, food and fireworks. Our pets? They’re not too fond of the holiday. The commotion makes it easy for them to get lost, table scraps that can be deadly are shared with them and fireworks are torture to their sensitive ears. Responsible pet parents know they need to take extra care of their pets on America’s birthday.

Here’s how to keep your pets safe this Fourth of July:

1. Identification 

More pets are lost on July Fourth than any other day of the year. The loud noises and crowded places that are usually part of every Independence Day celebration are overwhelming to animals, which can make them run away. Your pet should wear a durable collar and identification tag with up-to-date information at all times to increase the likelihood of a reunion if they get lost.

2. Alcohol 

Alcoholic drinks can poison pets. Depending on the amount ingested, it can lead to a coma or even death. Don’t leave drinks out where pets can easily steal them and ensure your guests don’t share their beverages with animals.

3. Food

Fourth of July favorites like chicken wings and hamburgers can result in pancreatitis, which can cause organ failure and brain damage if not treated quickly. Most veterinary clinics will be closed for the holiday — it’s important to know the closest emergency animal hospital to you in case you need to visit it. Also, always keep a pet first-aid kit available to treat injuries.

4. Fireworks 

Few things are as American as watching red, white and blue fireworks light up the summer sky on the Fourth of July. Our patriotism doesn’t translate well to cats and dogs, who tend to be terrified by them. While it’s tempting to include pets in celebrations, this is one they will be happy to miss. To ease your pet’s anxiety, leave them at home with the windows and blinds closed. Put pets in a bedroom with the TV on or have them listen to our Fourth of July playlist below to help drown out the fireworks.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!