Safety Tips for July Fourth

The July Fourth holiday quickly approaches—is your dog or cat ready for the celebration? Use the following tips from a Colorado Springs veterinary professional to keep your four-legged companion safe and sound.

Picnic and Party Tips

Many of us are heading to a picnic, party, or backyard barbeque on the Fourth. Unfortunately, there are probably several hazards there for our pets! Take care to have your pet avoid fatty table scraps, salty foods, onions, garlic, avocado, grapes and raisins, chocolate, and candy. Also remember that all alcoholic beverages can poison a pet very quickly, so never let your pet indulge in anything containing alcohol.

Safety in the Sun

Is your pet going to be spending more than an hour outside in the hot sun? Make sure he has a shady spot to cool off under, and provide plenty of cold, fresh water. If there’s an air-conditioned area nearby, take your pet in every once in a while to give him a break from the hot, sticky weather. You might even try applying a dog- or cat-specific sunscreen to your pet’s body to help protect against the sun’s harmful rays.

Leave Pet Home from Fireworks Display

Tempting as it may be to bring your dog along to the local fireworks display, it’s best to leave him at home. More pets run away on July 4th than on any other day of the year, and it’s thanks to the frightening booms and scary flashes of fireworks. Keep your pet secured at home in an escape-proof area.

Caution with Fireworks at Home

Perhaps part of your celebration includes fireworks, firecrackers, or sparklers in your driveway. Keep your pet a safe distance away—these products could burn a pet if they get too close, plus they contain harmful chemicals like arsenic.

Identify Properly

Sometimes your pet gets the best of you even against your staunchest efforts. In the event that your pet does accidentally escape or get lost, make sure he’s properly identified with ID tags or a microchip. Contact your Colorado Springs veterinarian as soon as possible if your pet doesn’t have identification or needs it updated promptly.