One of our favorite summer celebrations is also one of the most frightening and dangerous for your pets. Here are some tips to keep your furry friends happy and safe during this holiday.

Preparing in advance:

  • Make sure all of your pets have ID tags with their current information.
  • If your pets aren’t already microchipped, consider having this done before the holiday.  Microchipping is quick and simple, and will greatly improve your chances of recovering a pet who has been lost.
  • If your pets are microchipped, make sure your contact information in the microchip registry is up-to-date.
  • Be sure you have current photos of your pets in case they are lost during the festivities.

Safety during July 4th celebrations:

  • If you are attending July 4th festivities, consider leaving your pets at home.  Loud noises and crowds could spook your pets and cause them to run away.
  • Keep your pets inside if you or your neighbors are setting off fireworks. Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks.  Sudden noises can cause them to panic, jump a fence and escape your yard.
  • Keep all fireworks, sparklers and glow sticks away from your pets.
  • Keep pets away from the grill while it is in use or still hot.
  • Keep party food and drinks out of your pet’s reach.  Like beer and chocolate, many festive foods can be harmful to the health of your pet.
  • Remember that heat and humidity can be dangerous to pets. Keep them inside or make sure they have access to shady spots and plenty of water when outdoors. Don’t leave pets outside for long periods of time when it is hot and humid.

After the celebrations:

  • Even if you did not set off fireworks, firework debris can land in your yard.  Check your yard before letting pets outside.