Pet-Safe Celebrating on the 4th of July

29th June, 2015
Fourth of July barbeques and celebrations can be a nice time to gather your closest friends and family to watch fireworks or sit around a bonfire. Unfortunately, it can be a bit of a commotion for your pet. From your pet’s point of view, the holiday brings a plethora of new smells, loud noises, and unfamiliar faces. This can leave them wanting to explore and get into mischief. Keep an eye on your pet Animals like cats and dogs are inquisitive and investigative by nature, so it’s important to keep an eye on your pet throughout the day. You don’t want it to be midnight before you realize your cat snuck out of the house in an effort to avoid the crowd at your BBQ. Watch out for table scraps In addition to sneaking out, you may find your pet snacking on table scraps from good-intentioned friends or family members. The problem is, the majority of human food is not safe for pets to eat. Keep an eye out for dogs wandering for table scraps and make sure your guests know that feeding Fido people food is off limits. As PetGuide suggests, “Consider putting out a bowl of dog-safe snacks for [guests] to hand out.” Provide frequent water refills The summer heat is usually pretty hot on the 4th of July. And if it’s too hot for you, you can bet that it’s even hotter for your pet. You may even notice an increase in thirst due to the excitement and activities in the heat. To keep your pet safe, you’ll want to provide frequent water changes. Don’t bring your dog to the fireworks You may see your neighbors and friends bringing their pets to the fireworks show, but we don’t recommend doing this. Dogs don’t understand the loud pops from the fireworks and tend to panic. Combine this with a crowded park filled with hundreds of smells and new people and your dog could easily freak out. When dogs get such a sudden burst of anxiety, their instinct may be to run away. On top of that, the glow sticks that are often sold prior to the shows are very dangerous for pets. It only takes one second for your dog to find one on the ground and unknowingly puncture it with his teeth. Your best bet is to leave pets at home with the television on to distract them. The commotion and heat outside is just too much for them to handle. Avoid using fireworks around your pets If you don’t plan on going to see fireworks and you have some at-home ones instead, make sure to keep your pets as far away from them as possible. By nature, your pet will want to sniff and investigate these foreign objects, but the chemicals can actually be harmful to your pet. By following these five simple tips, you’ll have a healthy 4th of July party that both you and your pet can enjoy.   Pet-Safe Celebrating on the 4th of July обновлено: July 1, 2016 […]

shutterstock_137763839_burnedFourth of July barbeques and celebrations can be a nice time to gather your closest friends and family to watch fireworks or sit around a bonfire. Unfortunately, it can be a bit of a commotion for your pet. From your pet’s point of view, the holiday brings a plethora of new smells, loud noises, and unfamiliar faces. This can leave them wanting to explore and get into mischief.

Keep an eye on your pet

Animals like cats and dogs are inquisitive and investigative by nature, so it’s important to keep an eye on your pet throughout the day. You don’t want it to be midnight before you realize your cat snuck out of the house in an effort to avoid the crowd at your BBQ.

Watch out for table scraps

In addition to sneaking out, you may find your pet snacking on table scraps from good-intentioned friends or family members. The problem is, the majority of human food is not safe for pets to eat. Keep an eye out for dogs wandering for table scraps and make sure your guests know that feeding Fido people food is off limits. As PetGuide suggests, “Consider putting out a bowl of dog-safe snacks for [guests] to hand out.”

Provide frequent water refills

The summer heat is usually pretty hot on the 4th of July. And if it’s too hot for you, you can bet that it’s even hotter for your pet. You may even notice an increase in thirst due to the excitement and activities in the heat. To keep your pet safe, you’ll want to provide frequent water changes.

Don’t bring your dog to the fireworks

You may see your neighbors and friends bringing their pets to the fireworks show, but we don’t recommend doing this. Dogs don’t understand the loud pops from the fireworks and tend to panic. Combine this with a crowded park filled with hundreds of smells and new people and your dog could easily freak out. When dogs get such a sudden burst of anxiety, their instinct may be to run away. On top of that, the glow sticks that are often sold prior to the shows are very dangerous for pets. It only takes one second for your dog to find one on the ground and unknowingly puncture it with his teeth.

Your best bet is to leave pets at home with the television on to distract them. The commotion and heat outside is just too much for them to handle.

4th of july cats

Cats can be super-skittish about loud noises any day, so be sure to be prepared on the 4th!

Avoid using fireworks around your pets

If you don’t plan on going to see fireworks and you have some at-home ones instead, make sure to keep your pets as far away from them as possible. By nature, your pet will want to sniff and investigate these foreign objects, but the chemicals can actually be harmful to your pet.

By following these five simple tips, you’ll have a healthy 4th of July party that both you and your pet can enjoy.

 

Pet-Safe Celebrating on the 4th of July обновлено: July 1, 2016 автором: Craig Davis
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