Though fireworks sales have been banned and Fourth of July celebrations in many communities cancelled, it’s still important to prepare your pet for the snap, sparkle and pop, just in case.
The Houston SPCA offers the following helpful tips to keep your pet safe this Fourth of July:
- All pets should be microchipped and wear collars and identification tags with current information. Cats should wear a break-away/safety collar. Dogs should wear nylon or leather collars only. Tags should not be placed on training collars or choke chains.
- Keep your pet indoors in a quiet, safe room with plenty of fresh water and give dogs several safe chew toys. Dogs that are crate trained will do better in a crate, while cats will do best in a room they are most comfortable in, with food, water and their litterboxes.
- Frightened outdoor dogs have been known to jump high fences and dig holes to escape the sound of fireworks. Indoor animals should be kept away from large glass windows or doors because they are highly capable of crashing right through when scared.
- Pets are safest at home, but if you choose to bring your buddy to a picnic or BBQ, make sure to bring plenty of fresh water, keep your pet in the shade and try to make sure they do not eat table scraps, as too much human food can cause stomach upset. Keep a sharp eye out for bones, because they can splinter if eaten. Keep your pet on a leash, and if your pet is crate trained, bring the crate along as a safe refuge.
- Never bring your pets to outdoor firework festivals or displays.
- Remember to keep a watchful eye on your pet this Fourth of July weekend and make sure to keep the name and number of your veterinarian and local animal emergency clinic on-hand in case of emergencies.
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