Fourth of July pet safety tips

Posted at 6:32 PM, Jul 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-03 20:32:18-04

Independence Day is just a day away, and while families gather to celebrate the patriotic holiday, some of the loud noises can be frightening for pets.

While most consider their furry loved ones a part of the family, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) recommends considering leaving pets home when going to parties, parades, or fireworks displays.

Loud noises, particularly fireworks, don’t particularly do well with some pets, and can even be harmful to them. The AVMF says debris falling from some 4th of July celebrations can end up in areas where pets can eat or play with it. 

So, preparing in advance could prevent any potential dangers or issues. AVMF recommends making sure your pets have up-to-date information with local vets. For those with horses, considering making a safety halter with your contact information is important in case the horse runs away during a stressful time.

Taking current photos of pets, and possibly considering microchipping if your pet isn’t already. Assuring the environment your pets are in is safe and secure, in case your neighbors unexpectedly set off fireworks. 

Considering many Colorado counties are under strict fire restrictions, this may not be an issue, but it’s something to consider.

The AVMF has some tips for pet owners on keeping your pets safe during 4th of July celebrations. Those include leaving your pets at home when going to Independence Day festivities. Loud fireworks, crowds, and unfamiliar places can all be frightening for pets, with a possibility of them even running away.

Keeping pets in a safe, escape-proof room, or crate during any events or fireworks. The AVMF recommends keeping horses and livestock in safely fenced areas and as far away from excitement as possible.

Keeping pets inside if you or your neighbors are hosting parties. Avoid the urge to feed pets table scraps or other foods intended for people.

AVMF says to remember that too much sun and heat can be extremely dangerous to pets, especially when it’s hot and humid. Be aware of your pet and what to do if you see signs of it over heating.

Never leave your pet in the car when it’s warm outside, even for short periods of time. Vehicle interiors heat up much faster than the air around them.

If you are traveling out of town, consider leaving your pet with a sitter or boarding them to assure their safety, depending on your plans. Lastly, the AVMF urges pet owners to check your yards and nearby areas after the holiday for any debris that pets can get a hold of.