4th of July Safety for Pets

Summer is here and the 4th of July is right around the corner!That means fun in the sun, parties, and of course fireworks. 

Most of us will enjoy ourselves as we "ooh" and "ahh" at the lit sky.  Unfortunately this is  not the case for most of  our pets.  

For many of our animal friends, this will be the worst time of the year.  Pets that have anxiety to storms or other loud noises will probably react the same, or worse, to fireworks. 

Signs of stress can include excessive drooling, pacing, barking, hiding, or destructive behavior.  This destructive behavior can damage not only our homes but the dogs themselves (i.e. kennel chewing/ chewing feet). 

Dogs left outside in these situations will go under or over fences.  In fact, this time of the year is when the most pets are lost or separated from their owners (due to stress).

Cats that are left outside are at a high risk of getting lost, injured, or being mistreated.  The best things we can do for our worried pets is to keep them inside  

Do your best to keep pets on their regular schedule.  Stay at home to comfort them, or play music to drown out the noise of fireworks. 

In extreme cases of stress pets can be medicated with anti-anxiety drugs.  For more information on anti-anxiety drugs please contact your veterinarian.  

If you plan on lighting off your own fireworks please be responsible and pick up any waste left over.  The remains can be dangerous to pets if they are stepped on or ingested.

If you follow these precautions and make sure your pets are safe and comfortable you should all be able to enjoy the holidays together.  Happy Independence Day!!!