How To Keep Your Pets Safe on Fourth Of July

July 2, 2019

By Scott Gelman

Fourth of July is almost here, and while it’s a day we might look forward to, it could be terrifying for our pets. 

American Humane said in a news release July 5 is the busiest day of the year at animal shelters. 

As we make plans to celebrate the holiday, here are a few tips to consider to keep your pets safe, courtesy of Dr. Kendra Talbott from Kenwood Animal Hospital and American Humane. 

  • Avoid taking your pets outside while fireworks are going off, Dr. Talbott said. The loud noises could scare them and disrupt the walk. 
  • If the loud noises outside disturb your pet, put them in an area they consider a safe space, Dr. Talbott said. That could be a crate or bed. 
  • Minimize the time your pet is exposed to the fireworks, and put on background music or turn on a fan to distract your pet, Dr. Talbott said. 
  • Contact your vet if you think your pet should be tranquilized, American Humane said. 
  • After the fireworks conclude, avoid walking in nearby grass in case there is any lingering hot debris, Dr. Talbott said. 

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