July 4th Pet SafetyBy
Fireworks and dogs – not a winning combination!
I remember last 4th of July clearly. I had just finished up a cook-out with the family and was on my way to visit a client’s pets in Gilbert, Arizona. I LOVE this client’s pets! They are absolute sweethearts. So, I was totally shocked when I opened one of the dog’s kennels and she growled and nipped at me! This was completely uncharacteristic of her. I knew the client had warned me of her fear of thunderstorms but the weather was clear that day. Something else was bothering her. Then it dawned on me… she was frightened from the sounds of fireworks! Poor girl was too afraid to even go outside. I know there are plenty of pet owners and pet sitters out there who can relate to this story. Hopefully, these tips would be helpful for pet owners and their pets to have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July holiday:
- Keep your pets in a safe, controlled environment away from fireworks on the 4th of July. My client did exactly the right thing by keeping their pets safe in kennels inside the house during the firework festivities. Don’t make the mistake of taking your pet out to enjoy the holiday fun if fireworks are on the agenda. Loud noises and large groups of people can bother your pet.
- Keep the alcoholic drinks, fireworks, matches, lighter fluid, and glow sticks out of reach. These items can make for a very enjoyable 4th of July, but if your pet ingests any of them, they could be toxic.
- Watch your pets around the 4th of July banquet table- especially if any of the following items are included: chicken bones, onions, chocolate, coffee, grapes, raisins, and salt. These foods could be dangerous for your pet if eaten.
- If you plan to be out of town during the 4th of July holiday, make sure your pet sitter knows that your pet is afraid of loud noises. Discuss a plan to make your pet feel safe and secure away from the fireworks. My client DID warn me about her pet’s fear of loud noises. Thankfully, I was able to help her pets feel safe and secure in her home after the fireworks were over.
Please keep your pet’s safety and well-being in mind this 4th of July holiday. I hope you and your pets enjoy the Gilbert 4th of July festivities this year!