Fourth of July traditions, such as picnics and fireworks, can be a lot of fun for people but frightening and dangerous for pets. Fireworks are loud and can startle your pets and cause them to run away. Foods can be unhealthy, and the heat of summer can be dangerous. Debris could be left on the ground where your pet can eat it. Whether or not you are planning your own celebrations, it is essential to take precautions to keep your pets safe. Here are pet safety tips for 4th of July.
First, let’s give an overview of some of the top concerns and discuss ways to prepare.
- Fireworks are loud and can startle your pets and cause them to run away.
- Foods can be unhealthy
- Heat of summer can be dangerous.
- Debris could be left on the ground where your pet can eat it.
How to Prepare:
- Make sure your pet’s ID tags are on them with your up-to-date information.
- Talk to your vet about microchipping if your pet does not already have one.
- If your pets are microchipped, make sure the contact information in the registry is up to date.
- Take a current photo of your pets.
- Make sure the environment your pet is in is safe and secure.
During Fourth of July celebrations:
- Hire someone to stay at home with your pets or board at a kennel when you go to parties, firework shows, parades, and other gatherings.
- If you’re hosting a party, ask your guests to keep an eye out for your pets to make sure they don’t escape. Placing a note at exits can help.
- Keep your pets inside.
- Keep glow sticks, sparklers, charcoal, fireworks, and kabob skewers away from your pets.
- Don’t let your pets near your barbecue grill while it is in use and hot.
- Avoid feeding your pets table scraps.
- Keep them inside and out of the heat.
- If you are traveling out of town, consider boarding your pets in a kennel.
After the celebrations:
- Check your yard for any firework debris, even if you didn’t set any off yourself.
- If you hosted guests, check your home and yard for any other debris that could harm your pet.
If you plan to be away from your home this Fourth of July, you can board your pets at Cascade Kennels. We have facilities for cats and dogs that are separated for their comfort. Our exceptional staff is the key to the high-quality standards of care that we set for ourselves. We have staff on-site 24/7, and we have emergency caretakers that will check on the dogs and cats during noisy, upsetting holidays like the fourth of July.
Contact us today to learn more about our boarding services and reserve a spot for your pet before space runs out!