How can I protect my pet during the 4th of July holiday?

July 5th is one of the busiest days for animal shelters because many pets flee from their homes during 4th of July festivities. Fear of fireworks and other loud noises may frighten your pet and cause him to run away. If you pet suffers from firework anxiety, your veterinarian can prescribe anti-anxiety medications to ease his stress. Additionally, party-goers tend to leave doors or gates open which allows easy access for your pet to escape. Consider boarding your pet over the holiday weekend to ensure his safety.  If this is not an option, make sure your pet is microchipped. A microchip is a simple injection that implants your information permanently into your pet for easy identification.  This can be performed in just a few minutes at your vet’s office. Here are some other tips to keep your pet healthy and safe over the holiday.

  • Isolate your pet in a safe, quiet environment to reduce stress and the likelihood of escape.
  • Do not feed your pet from the table, especially bones. It can cause intestinal blockages or severe GI upset that may require hospitalization. Some human foods, including alcohol are toxic to pets.
  • Keep citronella candles and all insect repellants out of reach. Ingestion can poison your pet and result in permanent neurological problems.
  • Avoid fireworks around your pets. Exposure to lit fireworks can result in burns. Unlit fireworks still pose a danger since they contain toxic substances.
  • Be sure to have emergency clinic information at hand in the event of an emergency.