Please welcome Alexis Hadden as a guest blogger on our site today.
You can learn more about Alexis at the bottom of this post.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, “Fireworks can be terrifying and overwhelming for pets, and possibly hazardous.” In fact, the Humane Society also reports an increase in missing pets around the holiday.
Although the 4th of July holiday can be fun and exhilarating for us, you may notice your pets entering a state of distress. There are a few ways that you can combat this issue.
Pet Safety Tips
1. Keep your pet indoors. Although you may typically have your golden retriever running loose and greeting party guests, consider keeping her indoors for this one. Chances are, your guests or your neighbors will be setting off fireworks. To keep your furry best friends safe, keep them inside. There is also the chance of your pet overheating or attracting unwanted insects outside.
2. Be sure that your pet has a clear ID tag or a microchip. In the event that your pet gets frightened and runs away from home, make sure that the person who finds him is able to find his owner.
3. Keep the refreshments out of reach. According to PetMD, alcoholic beverages can be poisonous to pets. Also, some foods can be hazardous to your pet’s health. Don’t leave the food unattended, or make sure your pet is contained in a different area.
4. Be careful with the glow sticks. The 4th is a great holiday for glow necklaces and bracelets. However, the contents of these glow sticks are extremely dangerous and toxic to both humans and pets. Your pet may confuse one of these as a toy and sink his/her teeth into it.
5. Do not neglect your pet. Make sure your fur-child feels loved comfortable. If you’re keeping her indoors, play some soothing music, limit outside visibility, and be sure to check on her often. Ensure that food and water are readily available.
6. Clean up thoroughly. If you’re hosting a July 4th party, be certain that the yard area is completely clear of scraps and accessories before taking your pet outside again.
7. Help your pet cope. With all of the loud noises and crowds that come with the 4th of July, your pet may suffer from a little bit of anxiety. There are anxiety wraps and vests on the market that you can dress them in. Nothing can serve as a substitute for your affection, though.
Enjoy the fireworks and fun Independence Day celebrations, but please keep your pets safe.
Alexis Hadden is a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Kentucky as well as a full-time student and ghostwriter. She graduated from Juniata College with a degree in communication with professional writing.
She is currently working on her Master’s degree and a graduate certificate in instructional communication. This fall, she will be teaching two sections of an introductory communication course at UK. Her passions include fitness, animals (especially cats), and food. Above everything else, her interpersonal relationships are most important to her.