4th of July pet safety tips for our pets to have a safe howliday

A dog enjoys 4th of July with a festive bandanna. Photo provided by Best Friends Animal Society
A dog enjoys 4th of July with a festive bandanna. Photo provided by Best Friends Animal Society /

4th of July pet safety tips aren’t anything new, but especially when it comes to our dogs (and cats), it never hurts to have a reminder.

That’s why Best Friends Animal Society has some 4th of July pet safety tips to make sure our four-legged friends get through the howliday in one piece.

Calling your vet several days before the holiday weekend to ask about medication options would prevent an overload of cases from overloading them, while keeping your pet chill.

“It’s fairly simple to make your home a tranquil place for your pets on July 4th,” Erin Katribe, veterinarian and medical director of Best Friends Animal Society, said in a press release. “The last thing you want is an emergency over a holiday, when many veterinary clinics are closed or open only for limited hours.”

4th of July pet safety tips will hopefully make for a safe and pleasant howliday.

Pet first aid kits are helpful to have on hand for small cuts or scrapes caused by fireworks, beer bottles or other items, though serious burns caused by grills or fireworks should be attended to by your veterinarian, or an animal emergency hospital if your local vet’s office is closed for the weekend.

If you can, bring your pets indoors when you or your neighbors are shooting off fireworks outdoors, and provide distracting noise (radio, TV, etc) to block out the scary skybooms.

Fireworks can also be filled with toxic chemicals that could severely mess up our pets ‘ internal systems if they gnawed on some, so be sure to check out some firework safety tips from Trupanion as well.

Making sure your dogs have their current information on their ID tags is also a good idea, and if you can, have them microchipped for extra reassurance.

But if they do get out and get lost, have a flier on standby to put up at your local vet office or hand out to homeless people at nearby fast food places, and basic information to give on Facebook and to your local newspaper.

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Have a happy and safe howliday!