It’s really common sense. Loud noises scare most dogs and cats. If you let your cat outdoors, keep him inside on the Fourth. The same goes for your dog. You can take him out for walks, but it’s best to keep him away from the loud booms that come from fireworks. Dogs and cats have much keener hearing than we do. Here are five tips to keep your pets safe on July 4th.
1. ID Your Pet
Even indoor cats should have collars with ID tags on them. Make sure your dog’s and cat’s collars are clearly marked with your most updated phone number on it. A microchip is good, but most vet clinics will be closed on the Fourth, and most people (and many shelters) don’t have scanners for microchips. An indoor pet can get out (it happens), and if he has proper ID, the chances of you getting him back safely are good.
2. Never Use Fireworks Around A Pet
If you’re hosting a barbecue, keep all fireworks away from your pets. Fireworks can cause severe burns or worse. If ingested (some dogs are known to eat anything and everything), fireworks, lighter fluid, and even matches can be poisonous. So keep pets away from all kinds of fireworks.
3. Keep Pets Away from Alcohol
That cold beer will quench your thirst, but it could be deadly for your pet. Fermented hops and ethanol are poisonous.
4. Keep Bug Sprays at Bay
Insect repellants, insect coils, and citronella candles can make your pet sick, and even harm his nervous system.
5. Avoid Harmful Foods
Chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, coffee, and avocados can be harmful to your pet.
If at all possible, spend as much time as you can with your pet on July 4th, or hire a pet sitter who you know or who comes highly recommended by a friend or neighbor. Happy Fourth!