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4th of July Pet Safety

4th of July Pet Safety Tips

Like many Americans, you may be planning a family BBQ or festive for the 4th of July. 4th of July holiday celebration would not be complete without enjoying the fireworks that celebrate the birth of our nation.

4th of July Pet Safety

If your animals are anything like mine, they don't like loud noises.  Thunderstorms and fireworks aren't a friend to pets.

Unlike people, pets don’t associate the noise, flashes, and burning smell of pyrotechnics with celebrations. Pets are terrified of fireworks, and often panic at the loud whizzes and bangs they produce.

Because of this, the American Humane reports, "July 5 is the busiest day of the year at animal shelters, as companion animals that fled in fright the night before are found miles from their homes, disoriented and exhausted. Anxious families often find themselves searching the streets and shelters looking for a treasured family member whose fear drove him to jump a high fence or break his leash or chain."

So what can you do to keep your pet safe? Here's 6, 4th of July pet safety tips.

1. Leave them at home and inside.

2. Affix an ID tag to your pets collar with a way to contact you.

3. Do not adorn your pet with glow sticks.  They are toxic if Fido decides to chew on them. They can lead to excessive drooling and intestinal troubles.

4. Beware of lighter fluid and matches if your pet likes to chew.

5. Keep alcohol out of your pets reach.  Alcohol is toxic to animals.

6. To keep your pet calm, try diffusing lavender or applying it to the bottom of their paws.  See our dilution chart for proper essential oil dilution on animals. 


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