Tips for enjoying the 4th of July with your Best Friend

Story provided by Trinity Veterinary Hospital and Pet Resort

One of our favorite holidays is the Fourth of July, celebrated with the grandeur of fireworks and camped out near the grill with family, friends, and of course all of our four-legged furry friends. While it may seem like a good idea to reward your pets with scraps from the grill and bring them along to watch fireworks, in actuality some festive foods and activities can be harmful to them. General safety awareness regarding fireworks and summer time fun is the best way to keep you and your pets safe and happy this season.

Fireworks are a beautiful and fun event for the whole family when used with the correct precautions. Fireworks around pets can also cause a threat, while the exposure to lit fireworks could cause severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, unused fireworks and debris can pose a danger if ingested due to potentially toxic substances used to create fireworks. Feeding your pet before the fireworks begin can aid in making them more sleepy and relaxed. Alcoholic beverages, sunscreen, insect repellent, matches, and lighter fluid are all common items that tend to be hanging around the Fourth of July and can cause gastrointestinal irritation to your pet if ingested. Keep your pets on their normal diet- any change, even for one meal, could give your pet indigestion and diarrhea. This is especially true for elderly animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements.

In addition to fireworks being physically harmful to your pet, firework phobia and anxiety is a common issue during the Fourth of July holiday. Here are a few tips to help keep your pets safe and comfortable during Independence Day. Try creating a safe space for your pet in a room with their bed, favorite toys, and a cozy blanket. If possible keep the shades drawn to block out bright flashing lights, and consider keeping the TV or radio on to help drown out the loud noise of fireworks as well.

Did you know more pets disappear around the Fourth of July than any other time of the year? Identification is crucial in the event that your pet becomes lost and helps to ensure they are returned home quickly; make sure your pet is microchipped or has another form of current identification on them. If you know your pet has a noise phobia, discuss with your veterinarian about medication that can help manage your pets anxiety.

Trinity Veterinary Hospital wishes you, your family, and your furry friends a wonderful and safe Fourth of July!