Have a Safe, Fun 4th with Your Furry Friends!

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It’s July! Half the year has already flown by! If you honestly didn’t think you would make it this far, then it’s time to give yourself a pat on the back! But it’s time to get serious now.

The good news? Fourth of July weekend is coming!

The bad news? July 5th is the busiest day for animal shelters because animals become scared from the loud fireworks and busy crowds and bolt.

What is the best thing you can do to help keep your pet safe on the 4th of July? Keep your pets at home! Even better, find a quiet area of your house to secure your pet, preferably in a crate or kennel. Extremely scared animals have been known to bolt through screen doors or jump fences.

If you can’t leave your buddy at home, remember it isn’t just the loud fireworks that are dangerous for your four-legged friends. As tempting as it to give Fido the scraps of meat that you don’t eat, just remember if you wouldn’t eat it, neither should he! Changing your dog’s diet can really upset their stomachs and some foods, like onions and chocolate, can be toxic to animals.

Be sure to keep alcoholic beverages out of reach, as well, because beer and other alcoholic beverages can harm your dog and even send them into a coma.

As far as anything that can be digested, keep it away and out of reach of animals. Matches, candles, lighter fluid, and insect coils can be really harmful for animals just like they are for humans. And no matter how cute you think your dog looks in glow jewelry, they definitely are not meant to be chew toys!

Also, don’t spray your pets with insect repellants or apply sunscreen on them unless it specifically says it is safe for animals. Just because it is safe for you doesn’t mean it is safe for cats and dogs.

Lastly, if you are planning to take your little buddy with you, PetFinder.com has some great tips to keep your pet safe including ensuring your pet is wearing an up-to-date ID collar and take a current picture of your animal. And, just in case, it’s a good idea to have your pets microchipped so, if they are lost, they can hopefully find their way home.

Here’s to a fun and safe 4th for all our friends!

Written by J. Martin, HSNEGA Communications Intern

Information for this blog post was inspired by the following online articles. Click through the links below to learn more.

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