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Safety First on July Fourth

Safety First on July Fourth

Fourth of July celebrations are fun for humans, but they can be scary (and even dangerous) for pets. Planning ahead with your pets’ comfort and safety in mind lets you have a nice holiday as well as a safe and happy fur-baby.

Pet Safety Tips for Independence Day

Your pet will enjoy staying in a cool, quiet home much more than being outside in the hot July sun or near fireworks. Independence Day celebrations are riddled with items that are hazardous to your pet’s health. Make sure to keep your pet away from the following items during your celebrations.

  • Alcohol
    Alcohol is highly toxic to animals, and even the smallest amount of beer, wine or any other type of alcoholic drink is unsafe for your pet to drink.
  • Food scraps
    Human food is unhealthy for your pets and could make them sick. Do not allow your pet to have any chips, dips, hamburgers, hot dogs or any other type of human food.
  • Insect repellent and bug spray
    Keeping bugs, especially mosquitos, away is important for any outdoor Independence Day celebration. Insect repellents and bug sprays are harmful to pets when applied topically or ingested, however. It’s best to stick with veterinarian-prescribed pest repellants for your fur-baby.
  • Lighter fluid and matches
    Any sort of flammable substance is dangerous for pets. Keeping your fur-baby away from these items will protect them from serious injury.
  • Glow sticks
    Glowing sticks, bracelets and headbands are a nice addition to July Fourth celebrations for humans. They pose a choking hazard to pets, however, so it’s important to keep these items away from your fur-baby.

If fireworks will be lighting up the night sky in your neighborhood, take these five precautions to keep your pet comfortable and safe:

  1. Make sure your pet is microchipped in case he or she gets loose.
  2. Cover your windows (i.e., close the blinds, draw the curtains, close the shutters).
  3. Put a blanket over your pet’s crate to create a safe place.
  4. Turn on the TV or play relaxing music—there are plenty of pet playlists out there!
  5. Spend time soothing your pets if they seem anxious.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health and wellness, Creekside Pet Care Center is open 24/7/365 and happy to help. Just give us a call or come in to our facility if you encounter a pet emergency.

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