With Independence day comes barbecues, fireworks, parties, and fun. It's a time of celebration, patriotism, and joy. However, these festivities are not always safe for pets. Here are a few tips on how to keep your pets safe on this special day!

Stay indoors

It is best to keep your pets inside and away from the festivities. More pets go missing after the Fourth of July than any other time of the year.

Pet ID tags

As previously stated, many pets go missing on the Fourth of July. Be sure to give your dog an ID tag if they do not already have one. Make sure that it has your name and phone number on it. It is also highly recommended to keep your dog on a leash when you take them outside. If possible, walk your pet before the festivities begin.

Sheltered from the noise

If possible, try to drown out the sound of the fireworks and festivities. While we find fireworks to be spectacular, dogs are particularly afraid of the loud noise! Try playing some calming music or turning the TV on - distracting them and dampening the noise will help them to relax.

Jack russel puppy sleeping on American flag fourth of july

Keep the party food away from your pet

Make sure to keep the food out of your pet's reach. Not all human foods are safe for pets. Chocolate, baked goods, alcohol, tea, avocado, and grapes - these are just a few extremely toxic foods for pets.

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Avoid crowded areas

Parades and crowded events are not the safest places for pets. Attending these festivities with your pet may cause them to feel overwhelmed or panicked. The heat of this summer holiday also causes the blacktop to heat up to scorching levels. In order to keep your pet comfortable, provide them with water and a cool area to hang out in.

Fireworks, glow sticks and sparklers

Dogs, in particular, are afraid of the loud noise that fireworks make. If you plan on hosting a Fourth of July party at your house, keep these away from your pets. It is also important to keep them far away from firework shows.

Be there for your pet

This holiday can be very scary for our pets. If you see that your pet is acting strange, comfort them by speaking to them in a gentle voice and cuddling them. If your pet tends to be very nervous and anxious, consider talking to your vet about products that can help them to relax.

Have fun!

Keep in mind the dangers of the holiday but do not forget to have fun. It's the perfect day to play with your pet and make them feel loved. Make them feel extra special for the Fourth of July!

If possible, find time to play games with your pet. Some great activities to do with your pet include tug of war, capture the flag, frisbee, and obstacle courses.

Source: ASPCA, Michelson Found Animals Foundation

What are your plans for the Fourth of July?

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