By Cristi McKee | Photo: Camylla Battani
Independence Day is a time of family, fun, friends, and celebration as it marks the anniversary of our nation’s freedom. Unfortunately, for other members of our families, our pets, this holiday has proven to be uncomfortable and confusing as fireworks, loud music, and the bustle of parties often frighten them. This often causes pets to get sick, panic, or run away. This 4th of July, take these steps to ensure that your pets are safe in the midst of the festivities.
Don’t take them to fireworks shows — The bright lights and booming noises that fireworks shows entail can urge even the best-behaved pet to panic. Because pets find these new and confusing sounds and sights uncomfortable, it is best to leave them at home and not take them to fireworks shows.
Keep them indoors — While fireworks are booming outside, keeping your dogs and cats indoors will ensure that they do not get loose and run away. Before night falls, take them outside often, and at bathroom time when it’s dark, keep them on a leash.
Properly identify them — In the unfortunate event that your pet does get loose or run away, be sure that they have all proper identification on them. A name tag with your phone number and a microchip number should be fastened on their collar.
Use pet-friendly insect repellent and/or sunscreen only — If you’re taking your dog to a July 4th party and want to make sure they are bug-free or safe from the sun, be sure to use only specifically pet-friendly products on them.
Don’t set off fireworks near them — Setting off small fireworks with friends and family at home is fun, but cats and dogs, who are not used to them, can suffer severe burns if they suddenly get scared, panic, and run into or at them.
Make a place inside for them to retreat — Giving your pets a safe, comfortable, and quiet spot to retreat during the festivities is important. If your cat or dog is most comfortable in their crate, put them in there and turn on the TV or radio as a distraction for them. If possibly, secure a familiar room for them to stay.