Keep your pet safe this Fourth of July.
Did you know more pets go missing over the Fourth of July weekend than any other time of year?
Why? Pets don’t understand all the frivolity, noise, and celebrations surround the Fourth of July. To them, it’s scary, chaotic, and an intrusion on their daily routine. The result, they spook, run, and hide.
Cats, as well as dogs, go missing, and end up as strays, with many ending up at local shelters. Others aren’t so lucky. They die from fright, get hit by cars, fall victim to predators, or perish from the elements. What can responsible pet owners do to prevent this?
Keep your pet safe this Fourth of July
Keep your pet safe this Fourth of July, and let them stay home. The best advice – keep your pets inside, or at best restrained so they can’t run away. Here are some additional easy tips.
- Don’t bring Fluffy or Fido to the fireworks celebration. Leave them home. Pets have much better hearing than humans, and the noise is not only deafening but terrifying for them. While us humans find the glitter entertaining, our pets become stressed and anxious, causing them to bolt and run away from this frightening situation
- If you are setting off fireworks in your backyard or you know that your neighbors are going to be setting a few off, keep your pets safe in a quiet, sheltered, and escape-proof area at home. Make sure it’s escape-proof because we all know, cats are especially good at magically getting through the door, no matter how careful we are.
- Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets.
- Even if the fireworks are just sitting idle, they can be poisonous to your pets. , Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic, and other heavy metals.
- While we love to have our furry family members with us at all times, be extra careful if there’s a parade near-by. They will be frightened by all the noise. They also stand a chance of getting hit by a car because of all the increased traffic. For cats, they will be extremely stressed by all the extra activity in the neighborhood, and well may go seeking a safe place to hide. That can cause them to disorient and go missing. It’s best to keep your kitty safe inside till all the festivities are long forgotten.
- Make sure your pet has been microchipped and, even better, also have a pet-id so that if they go missing, you can easily be reunited. When your pet goes missing, it’s stressful for them and for you.
Barbecues, Parties & Tail-Gate Events:
Our pets aren’t used to all the hullabaloo of family get-togethers. There are people they don’t know. People coming and going in and out of your house. The best place for Kitty is in a safe, escape-proof room, inside the house. While you may want your friends and family to meet your best furry friend, it’s safer to share some photos from your phone or tablet.
While all that makes sense, there are some other safety tips that we, pet owners might not be aware of. Many of these tips from the ASPCA extend well beyond the Fourth of July and can be useful all summer long.
- Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcohol, even beer, has the potential to poison pets. If ingested, your pet could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed, or even go into a coma. In severe cases, it can result in death from respiratory failure.
- Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.
- Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease.
- Lighter fluid can be irritating to the skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.
- Keep your away from the food table, including any left-overs or scraps. Onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt, and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to our pets.
- Keep citronella candles, insect coils, and oil products out of reach. Ingestion can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.
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We also ask that you keep your pet safe this Fourth of July by keeping them home, or at least restrained so they can’t run away.