Make your pet’s 4th of July Holiday “ Independent” of Accidents and Danger

Proper ID is essential: If you dog jumps ship, make sure he has a chip!

Make sure your pet has a microchip! July 5th is one of the business days at Animal Shelters across the nation. Pets frightened by fireworks often run and get lost. Having your pet microchipped is the best way to have them get home, safely to you, if they get lost. Learn more about microchipping.

Keep your pets inside: Fireworks are sweet, but when your dog is frightened it is not so neat!

Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets. Pets can become frightened or disoriented by the sound. Please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities, and opt, instead, to keep them safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home. Some pets have a real fear of loud noises (noise aversion) and they can harm themselves and others when frightened by fireworks.

Avoid food scraps from the grill: A change in food can lead to a very bad mood!

Hamburgers and hot dogs! They look so yummy and it is a holiday, after all. However, a sudden change in your pet’s diet can lead to an upset stomach and potentially very dirty carpet!

Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach: Light up the night, not your pet!

Certain types of matches can cause dogs to have kidney disease and trouble breathing. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, stomach upset and even brain injury.

Happy 4th of July!