Independence days is a great time to celebrate with family and friends. Here are a few ways to make sure your furry friends have a good time too.
- Keep them on their normal diet.
With all the excitement of the day and loud noises at night pets need a to eat foods they are used to. Party scraps are not the best choice and alcohol is toxic to pets.
- Keep fireworks, glow jewelry, citronella candles, lighter fluid, and other harmful items out of reach.
These fun things may make your night more pleasant but can harm your pet so make sure they don’t accidentally eat or get into harmful items.
- Leave pets safely at home.
Loud fireworks and large crowds make for scared pets. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals more pets go missing during Fourth of July weekend than any other time of year. Keep your pet in a crate or closed in a room during fireworks time to prevent them from running out of the house in fear when a door is opened. Having a collar ID and microchip in your pet will make it easier to reunite if your pet is lost.
- Do not apply sunscreen or insect repellent to your pet unless specifically labeled for use on animals.
It’s good to want to protect your pet but ingestion of suncreen products can cause a very upset stomach and the missuse of insect repellent can lead to neurological problems.
- Keep pets comfortable.
Fear makes dogs pant so be sure to provide plenty of water. Turn on the television or music to provide familiar noises and help mask the sound of the fireworks. Offer treats or chewable toys as a distraction.
Keeping pets safe and healthy will help make the 4th of July weekend fun for the whole family.