Fireworks, social gatherings and other holiday traditions may be fun for us, but scary for animals. Noisy fireworks can frighten animals, party food can be unhealthy, and the summer heat can be dangerous. It’s important to take extra precautions to keep your pet safe during any festivities.
DON’T GET CAUGHT! PREPARE IN ADVANCE
- Make sure your pet’s have ID tags with current information.
- Talk to your veterinarian about microchipping, if your pet doesn’t already have one.
- Take a current photo of your pet, just in case they get lost.
- Make sure the environment is safe! Choose the safest area for your animals.
- If your pet has a history of being anxious or scared consider consulting with your veterinarian about anti-anxiety medications.
HOW TO STAY SAFE DURING CELEBRATIONS
- Leave your pet at home when you go to parties, parades, or during fireworks. Unfamiliar gatherings can be scary to pets.
- Consider having your pet stay in a escape-proof room or crate during celebrations.
- Keep horses in safely fenced areas and far away from the noise.
- If guests are at your home, ask them to keep the doors closed so that pets don’t escape.
- Keep your pets inside if neighbors are setting off fireworks.
- Keep glow sticks, sparklers, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewers away from pets.
- Keep pets away from the grill while in use or while it’s still hot. Make sure to dispose of any grease residue they might find appetizing.
- Avoid feeding table scraps to any pets. Make sure to keep them away from these toxic foods
- Too much sun and heat can be dangerous! Keep them inside on hot or humid days. Make sure they can access shady spots and water. Know the signs that your pet might be overheating.
- Never leave your pet in your car. Vehicle interiors heat up fast and even a short time in a car can be dangerous.
- If your traveling out of town consider having them lodge at Loyal Companions or leaving your pet with a petsitter.
AFTER THE CELEBRATION
- Check your yard for any debris leftover from fireworks. Curious animals may pick up or eat any debris in your yard.
- If you hosted a party, check your yard for any food scraps that your pet may want to ingest.