10 Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe on The 4th of July

Happy 4th of July!  In honor of the holiday, Baseball, Zooey, and I are skipping this week’s Wordless Wednesday post to take a moment and give you all some tips on how to keep your pets safe this 4th!

Celebrations can be a stressful time for your animal, especially celebrations like the 4th of July which are accompanied by the sounds of loud explosions. Here is a short list of things that should help to ease the stress for both you and your pet:

1.  The most important thing you can do for your pets is keep them inside!  This will help muffle the sound of the fireworks, and also help your pet feel safe and protected in a familiar environment.  It will also prevent them from getting loose if they start to panic.  Make sure all doors and windows are locked.

2. If you can, keep your pets in one area of the house – especially if you have company.  This will ensure they won’t get outside as people go in and out.  It will also keep you from having to “protect” the whole house.  Just make sure they have access to food, water, litter, and toys!

3. Create a “safe” place – blankets, pet beds, or even furniture they can crawl under will be comforting to your pet.

4. Turn on the tv or radio to drown out the noise of the fireworks.

5. Make sure your pet is microchipped or wearing their collar.

6.  Consider staying home with them – or at least coming home early to lessen the amount of time they are on their own.

7.  If you’re outside BBQing, step inside every now and again to check on them, and throw them a treat :)

8.  Keep all fireworks, alcohol, lighter fluid, matches, etc away from curious pets!!

9.  Never make your pet part of the celebration – what’s fun for you can be dangerous for them, so keep them away from the action!

10.  Don’t forget about Rescue Remedy and the Thunder Shirt!

More in-depth questions and concerns about anything mentioned here, or stuff we may have left out?  Be sure to get in touch with your veterinarian for more personalized recommendations.

Have a fun and safe 4th of July everyone!

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