Happy summer, pet lovers! Many Americans love to celebrate this holiday of our independence, but many pet owners dread the anxiety and hazards that it brings for their furry friends. It’s our duty as their caretakers to make sure that they stay safe and happy amid all of the human celebrations.
The most important thing to remember for pet safety during the week surrounding Independence Day, is simply to keep them indoors as much as possible, and only let dogs out in a secured yard, or on a leash with you. Holidays that typically involve fireworks tend to be the most active for animal control, due to animals being startled and running away. Even if you plan to keep them exclusively indoors, it is a good idea to have updated ID tags or registered microchips for each pet in your household, just in case they were to escape. Microchips are a much better option, because tags on collars or harnesses can easily get snagged or broken if the animal is in distress and gets snagged on something. Just be sure that it is registered with the manufacturer, and has your current contact information.
If your pets have had firework anxiety in the past, the safest thing to do for them once the celebration begins, is to keep them in a small, secured area, like a bathroom or bedroom, and in a crate – if they are crate trained. This can greatly reduce the chance of them hurting themselves, or running away. Please consider leaving your pets at home if you are going to a fireworks display or large gathering. Places like these, with lots of noises and new people can be very scary, even for normally calm pets! You can always call your trusted sitters here at Laura the Pet Nanny to help if your pets need care while you are out celebrating.
Pets can also become ill or injured from used glow sticks, sparklers, charcoal, and uneaten food that may be left lying around. If you have guests in your home, ask them to help you keep the pets safe by discarding these items.
As always, it’s important to never leave pets unattended in a car on hot days, and watch for signs of heat stroke, which you can find in our previous blog post. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday with your loved ones, 2- and 4-legged alike!