The Fourth of July is one of the most beloved American holidays. In addition to celebrating our independence, summer temperatures and time off of work are cause for lighthearted fun around barbecues, pool parties and firework shows. If your pets are participating in the holiday festivities, there are a few safety precautions you should take.

1. Fireworks and Pets

Neighborhood firework shows pose a clear danger to curious pets. Not only can a pet burn or injure themselves, but the leftover firework remains are highly toxic to your pet if ingested. In addition, many pets suffer from anxiety that can be exacerbated by noisy firework shows. If you know your pet will be disturbed by the loud explosions, be sure to create a safe, quiet space for them in your home and consider getting an anxiety wrap to help soothe their nerves.

2. Beware of the Heat

Just like humans, pets can experience heat exhaustion, heat rash and dehydration. If you’re planning on being outside for a long period of time with your pooch, bring plenty of cold water, make sure shade is available, and keep an eye on your pet’s breathing rate and overall energy levels.

3. Work Them Out

A good way to avoid an overactive dog right before fireworks or evening celebrations is to make sure you give them plenty of exercise during the day. An exhausting play session or long run might tucker your dog out enough to sleep through all the noise and commotion.

4. Keep Them On a Leash

When you are out and about celebrating, you should always keep your dog on a leash or tied up. Restraining them will prevent them from eating dangerous foods, running away or getting into general mischief.

5. Proper ID

Celebrations like the 4th of July are a great opportunity for us to bang our drum about ensuring your pet has proper identification in the event they run away or get lost. Your pet should have updated tags on their collar. You might also want to consider getting your pet microchipped if they aren’t already.

Pet Hospital in Gilbert

Our team at East Valley Animal Hospital (serving Gilbert, Chandler and Mesa) wishes your entire family a safe and happy 4th of July. If you’re new to the area and searching for a compassionate local vet or are looking to change veterinarians, give us a call: (480) 568-2462. Our love for animals—and your pets, in particular—is the main reason we do what we do.


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