How to keep your pets safe this 4th of July

Holidays are a great time to celebrate for us humans, but they can be very stressful to our pets. The American Humane Association reports that July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters; pets get scared by the noise and often panic and run. Other holiday items can make your pet sick, making the day after the fourth also very busy for veterinarian clinics. Here are 5 ways to keep your pets safe this holiday weekend.

  1. Keep your pet indoors all day

Not everyone waits until dark to start celebrating, so keep your pets safe inside. Fireworks and other loud noises can cause pets to jump a fence or get lost trying to find safety. It’s also very hot outside this time of year, and pets easily overheat. Keep them indoors with plenty of cool water to avoid this!

  1. Have your pets identification up to date

In the event that your pet does get away, the easiest way to ensure their return is to have an ID tag on their collar with a phone number and address. Microchipping your pet is also a good idea, all shelters and veterinary clinics will scan your pet for one if found.

  1. Keep your pets calm

Loud noises and bright lights are very confusing and scary to many animals. Lowering the blinds and turning on a television or radio are things that can help keep your pet calm by covering some of the noise and blocking out lights. Make sure to also spend some time with your pets if they seem anxious.

  1. Never put sunscreen or bug repellant on your pet that isn’t specifically for them

You may think that sunscreen and bug repellant are good things, but many ingredients in these products can be harmful to pets.  Ingesting sunscreen can cause drooling, vomiting, lethargy, and even death in animals. Only use products formulated for your pet.

  1. Don’t feed table scraps

Not only can they cause an upset stomach; many of the foods we eat are toxic to our pets! Especially dangerous are onions, grapes, chicken bones, and alcohol.

 

What should you do if you’re going to be out of town? Call All Creatures Pet Sitting at 602-404-4185 and we’ll check in on your pooch or kitty to make sure everything’s ok.

 

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