Most of us are already looking forward to the American traditions on the Fourth of July, such as parties, barbecues, and fireworks. However, dogs and other pets can sometimes be startled by all the unusual commotion and loud noises. Every Independence Day shelters fill with lost and injured pets.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) offers the following safety tips to make sure both you and your pet have a fun and safe 4th of July Holiday.
- If you’re hosting a party, keep your pet in a cool, well-ventilated room with a radio playing softly in the background. Include your pet’s favorite toys and pet bed for comfort. Do this as well if you are going out but your pet is staying in.
- Are you planning on attending a fireworks display or a party a friend’s house? Leave the family pet at home, where he will be safe, secure, and less-stressed. Loud noises from fireworks can cause a dog to jump a fence and run away from home, or a cat to hide for days.
- Dogs and cats should be microchipped and wear current I.D. tags at all times. This is the best way to ensure a happy reunion if your pet goes missing.
- Do not tie your dog up outside to keep him from escaping. The loud noises from the fireworks can frighten your pooch making him more likely to attempt to flee. Dogs can seriously injure themselves, or even die, trying to escape.
- Educate children to not scare pets with firecrackers or sparklers.
- Keep alcoholic beverages, lighter fluids, matches, and insect repellents like citronella candles away from your pets; each can be toxic or deadly when ingested or inhaled.
- Some human foods are toxic for dogs, such as chocolate, onions, tomatoes, avocados and grapes. Cooked bones can splinter and be fatal.
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