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Health and Safety Tips for a Paw-fect 4th of July

The Fourth of July holiday is right around the corner which means, in many parts of the South, the fireworks have already started going off. While fireworks are a typical part of our holiday tradition for this time of year, it isn’t without stress, anxiety and fear for some pets. We’ve put together a few tips to help get you through the holiday weekend with your pets health and safety in mind.

Prepare ahead of time

Make sure your animals identification tags are up to date with your current information – this includes collar tags and microchips. If your pets are microchipped already, you can update your registry information here. If your pets aren’t already microchipped but it’s something you’ve been thinking about, now is a great time to talk to your veterinarian. It’s a simple procedure that dramatically increases your changes of reuniting with lost pets.

Keep Your Pets Indoors And Create A Safe Space

The best way to keep your pets safe during the holiday weekend is to leave them home while you head to the parties, parades and firework displays.  Keeping them indoors with a safe space such as an enclosed room is even better. If you don’t have a room to spare or a crate, try closing blinds and turning on the radio or television. This will help to create distractions and noise from their normal environment which can help reduce your pets stress.

If You Must Bring Them Outdoors, Take Precautions

Remember – the sun, heat and humidity is dangerous to all pets. If you do choose to bring them outdoors, there are several things to help ensure there health and safety.

  • Ensure they have shade and plenty of water.
  • Don’t leave them outdoors and unattended, especially for long periods of time.
  • If you have a fence, make sure all gates are closed and locked to prevent them from getting out.
  • Never leave your pet in your car when it’s warm out. Temperatures inside a vehicle heat up much faster than the temperate outside.
  • If you don’t have a fence, use a leash and avoid walking your pets during peak times for both heat and firework displays.

What To Do After The Holiday Celebrations

The celebrations and fun might be over but there are still hazards for your pet. It’s important to check your yard for debris before allowing your pets outside. Your pets natural instinct is to be curious in it’s environment and it’s easy for firework debris to make it’s way into your yard, even if you didn’t light them off. It’s not just the fireworks that can be a problem though. Sparklers and glow sticks are popular choices over the holiday weekend and both are toxic to your pets if they are ingested.

The Fourth of July should be fun for all members of the family. Take the time today to prepare for the holiday weekend and prioritize the safety and wellbeing of your pets. If you do become separated from your pet over the holiday, start checking your neighborhood Facebook pages and local shelters immediately.

 

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