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Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

This holiday weekend is a time of celebration, lounging, fun and fireworks with friends, families and also our four legged friends.  While our friends and families may enjoy the BBQ food, beverages and the fireworks these things can be harmful to our furry family members. To make sure your pets’ holiday weekend is as fun and safe as possible, North Shore Animal League America would like to share some important July 4th Pet Safety Tips:

July 4th Pet Safety Tips

Never take your pets to a firework display or use fireworks around them!

  • Firework displays can be great fun, but not for your pets. The loud noises and bright lights can terrify an animal. Even the best-behaved dog may react with fear and try to flee from the scene.
  • Exposure to lit fireworks can possibly result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws. 
  • Many fireworks contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.

Give your pets a safe and quiet retreat.

  • If your pet gets spooked by the Fourth of July festivities, it’s important that they have a safe and quiet place to relax. Whether you can secure a room of the house or blanketed crate, they should have someplace to retreat to.
  • Draw the curtains to block out the lightshow, and try putting the TV or radio on at a low volume as a distraction or as company for them if you go out. 
  • Make sure to KEEP THEM INSIDE for their own protection.

Monitor what your pet eats and drink. 

  • If you are entertaining guests, make sure to let them know not to feed your pets party food or beverages of any kind. Many foods are harmful to pets, and your guests might not be aware of this.
  •  It is also hard to monitor how much your pets are eating in a social setting.
  • Alcoholic beverages can be poison to pets. If ingested, your pet can become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma.  Also any change in diet can give your pets severe indigestion and diarrhea.

Make sure your pet is identifiable.

  • In the instance that your pet runs off, it’s imperative to make sure their collar is on with their identification tags.
  • Secure the collar so that your pet can’t squeeze out of it. You should be able to fit two fingers underneath the collar so that it’s roomy enough for comfort and snug enough for safety.

Watch out for Independence Day debris. Matches, lighter fluid, citronella candles, insect repellants, and oil products should all be kept out of reach. 

  • Certain types of matches contact chlorates, which could cause your pet harm by potentially damaging blood cells which can result in difficulty breathing.
  • Lighter fluids, citronella candles, insect repellants, and oil products can be irritating to your pets skin and if ingested can cause gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If inhaled the lighter fluid can cause aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems.
  • When you let your pets our or take them for walks the day after, remember that the streets and your yard are likely to be littered with fireworks debris. These may seem like tasty treats or fun things to nibble on to your pets. Make sure to clean up before letting your companions out to rummage through it.

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