July 4th Safety Tips for Your Pets – Lucy’s Pet Care

durham pet sittersOne of the summer holidays that we look forward to the most is the 4th of July. When families come together for good food, good fun and of course, fireworks! However, did you know that more dogs are lost on this day than any other day of the year? Here are some tips on how to keep your dog safe this July 4th.


Leave your dog at home

First, resist the urge to take your pet to fireworks displays. Usually it’s a great idea to bring your dogs to outdoor events with friends. But, when that night ends up in fireworks, it’s best to leave them at home. That’s because fireworks are very scary for our pets. They don’t understand them and it’s extremely loud. While you may what them with you, they are better left in the safety and comfort of the house for the night. Plus don’t forget, if you’re going to be gone for a long day, you can always hire a pet sitter to come visit and take them for a walk.

Make sure they have safe shelter

If you can, keep your pets indoors at home in a quiet area. Some animals can become destructive when frightened.

  • Be sure that you’ve removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed.
  • Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to drown out loud noises. They will be comforted by the ambient noise. 
  • Never leave pets outside unattended. Even in a fenced yard or on a chain. In their fear, pets who normally wouldn’t leave the yard may escape and become lost. Or worse, they could become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death.

Talk with Your Vet

Also, if you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th. They can help find ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety your could experience during fireworks displays. 

Update tags for easy identification

When prepping for July 4th, make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly. Animals found on the streets are usually taken to the local animal shelter. Which means that they will have the best chance of being reunited with you as quickly as possible if they are lost.

Never leave your pet in the car

In the summer heat, your pet can suffer serious health effects—even death—in a few short minutes left in a car.  it’s not true that partially opened windows provide sufficient air either. In fact, they don’t provide near enough fresh air. And that’s why it is best to leave them home if you have an errand to run where they can’t come inside.

We all love the 4th of July and want to celebrate it safely with our families. When you are planning to be out of town, make sure to contact us for services so we can make sure your pets are well taken care of while you’re away!

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