More pets get lost around July 4th than any other time of year!
It is important to take a few precautions to keep your pets safe before, during & after July 4th festivities – but can save you and your family possible heartbreak from a lost pet. Fireworks, picnics & other Fourth of July traditions can be frightening and dangerous for pets.
July 4th Pet Safety Tips – Before:
- Make sure pets have ID tags with up-to-date information securely attached.
- If your pets aren’t already microchipped, call 256-574-6214 to schedule an appointment for microchip insertion. This simple procedure greatly improves your chances of getting your pets back if they become lost.
- If your pets are microchipped, make sure your contact information in the microchip registry is up-to-date. Contact your microchip registration agency anytime your address or phone numbers change.
- Take a current photo of all of your pets.
- If your pet has historically been anxious on this holiday, talk to us about stress-relieving product such as Feliway, Adaptil, Zyklene and other prescription medications that can help modify behaviors and calm pets during times of stress.
- Make sure your home and yard is secure. Evaluate your options and choose the safest area for your animals and make improvements if needed to make the area more secure.
Safety during July 4th Celebrations:
- Leave pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks displays, parades and other gatherings. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places and crowds can be very frightening to pets and risk them from becoming spooked and running away.
- Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks.
- If you’re hosting guests – Place notes on exit doors and gates reminding guests to keep closed.
- Keep your pets inside if you or your neighbors are setting off fireworks.
- Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewers away from pets and don’t let pets get near your barbecue grill while it is in use or still hot.
- Avoid the urge to feed your pets table scraps. Be especially careful to keep them away from these foods that are toxic for pets.
- Remember that too much sun, humidity and heat can be dangerous to pets. Keep them inside when it’s extremely hot/humid; make sure they have access to shady spots and plenty of water; don’t leave them outside for extended periods and know the signs that a pet may be overheating.
- Never leave your pet in your car when it’s warm outside. Vehicle interiors heat up much faster than the air around them, and even a short time in a locked car can be dangerous to pets.
After the Celebrations:
- Check your yard for fireworks debris before allowing pets outside to play or relax. Even if you didn’t set off fireworks yourself, debris can make its way into your yard, where curious animals may pick it up to play with or eat.
- If you hosted guests, check both your yard and home for food scraps or other debris that might be dangerous to pets, such as food skewers.
Call 222-4713 with questions or to schedule an appointment.