4 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe This Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is fast approaching and if you’re anything like us, you’re probably super excited to attend a backyard barbecue (or three) and watch some fireworks.

Although holidays are fun for us, they can stress out our furry family members - but fear not!

We’ve got you covered with these tips:

Golden Retriever sitting in front of an American flag1. Keep all paws off the food & drinks

As you know, pets love getting into food meant for people but it can make them sick or worse. If you’re having guests over, ask them to refrain from feeding Fido. Keep food and drinks - especially alcohol - out of reach of your pet at all times. This goes for charcoal, skewers, glow sticks, sparklers, lighter fluid, and citronella candles too.

2. Be wary of the weather

Lots of Fourth of July celebrations take place outside when the sun is shining and the weather allows. If you bring your pet with you, make sure they have access to water and shade at all times. Watch out for signs of overheating and if they appear to be getting too hot, bring them inside to cool down.

3. ID your pet

Even if your yard is fenced in or your plan to keep your pet inside, make sure they’re properly IDed. They should wear a collar that features their name and your contact information in case they get scared (or just curious) and take off. If your pet isn’t already microchipped, consider scheduling an appointment to have it done.

4. Create a safe space

Loud noises and new people are just a couple of things that might scare your pets at a Fourth of July party. Keep your pet happy and stress-free by putting them in a crate with their favorite blanket or toy. If you have the space, put them in a room away from everyone else. As a side note, try to avoid using fireworks around them - they can be loud and scary!

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!