Safety First on the 4th of July

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What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than being surrounded by family, friends, and furry friends? Although Independence Day celebrations may be fun for us, some of our furry friends couldn’t pawssibly agree less.

Pet Safety Tips for the Fourth of July

Know your pets and make a plan that meets their needs. While it may be tempting to bring your pet with you, the noisy environment can frighten them and cause them to run away. Additionally, Independence Day celebrations involve items that are hazardous to your pet’s health. To keep your pet safe, make sure they are kept away from the following items:

Glow Sticks

Glow sticks make a fun addition to July Fourth celebrations, and they come in different forms, including bracelets, necklaces, and wands. Although they are fun to have, they pose a choking hazard and are poisonous to pets. Be sure to dispose of them safely and out of reach from your fur friends!


This is a pretty obvious one, but alcohol is highly toxic to animals, and even the smallest amount of any alcoholic drink is a danger to your pet.

Food Scraps

Avoid the urge to share your food with your pets! Holiday food is unhealthy for pets and could make them sick. Don’t allow your pet to have chips, dips, hamburgers, hot dogs, or any other type of human food. After the celebration, make sure that both your yard and home are clean of debris and clear of food scraps.

Insect Repellant and Bug Spray

Insect Repellents and bug sprays are essential for outdoor events. However, insect repellents and bug sprays for humans can be harmful to pets when applied topically or ingested. It’s best to stick with veterinarian-prescribed pest repellents for your pet. 

Lighter Fluid and Matches

Barbecues are tantalizing, but it is important to keep your furry friend away from flammable substances such as the grill, sparklers, and fireworks. Keeping your pet away from these items will protect them from serious injury, and allow for a safe, enjoyable event for everyone. 

If fireworks will be lighting up the night sky in your neighborhood, take these five precautions to keep your pet comfortable and safe:

  1. Prepare for the worst-case scenario. More pets get lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year so make sure your pet is microchipped in case he or she gets loose! If your pet isn’t microchipped yet, request an appointment with us today! 
  2. Spend time soothing your pet and create a safe space if they seem anxious. Put a blanket over your pet’s crate to create a safe haven for them.
  3. Turn on the TV or play relaxing music—there are plenty of pet playlists out there to help keep your pet occupied and calm!
  4. Cover your windows (i.e., close the blinds, draw the curtains and close the shutters).
  5. Don’t forget to offer them a special chew toy to distract them from the noises outside.
A Word From Best Friends Animal Hospital

We hope you and your family enjoy a safe and memorable Fourth of July! As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health and wellness, Best Friends Animal Hospital is happy to help. Just give us a call or come into our facility.

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