Safeguard Your Pets This Fourth of July

Monday, June 23, 2014 - 2:15pm
Dog wearing star-spangled outfit in front of flag

Danielle Sullivan, a mom of three, has worked as a writer and editor in the parenting world for over 10 years. Danielle also writes about pets and parenting for Disney’s Babble.com. Find her on her blog, Some Puppy To Love, Twitter, or Facebook.

As many families plan barbecues and Independence Day celebrations, pet parents should also include their furry friends in holiday plans. Between navigating a house filled with guests and booming fireworks going off outside, it is common for dogs to run away and for a pup’s escape to go unnoticed.

Here are some tips to safeguard your beloved pooch and enjoy a festive Fourth of July party:

Getting Lost:  Loud fireworks scare many dogs, and festivities including visits from friends and family often create extra distractions for pet parents. It’s best to make plans for your dog before guests arrive. Try to keep him in a gated area where he can see people but cannot get out. If your dog is anxious, consider keeping him in a quiet but cool bedroom and make it a point to check on him regularly.

IDs, Please: For added insurance, ensure your pet is wearing proper identification tags that list their name, your name, your home address and phone number.

Keep an Eye on the Barbecue: Many pups love a bite of a hot dog or hamburger, but over indulging will leave your doggie unhappy and possibly with an upset stomach. Ask guests to avoid feeding your dog people food from the grill. Check out the ASPCA’s full list of people foods that are dangerous to pets.

Avoiding Alcohol: Keep alcohol out of your dog’s reach. Ingesting alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, difficulty breathing coma and even death in pets.

Prevent Burns: It’s not a good idea to give your dog (or your kids for that matter) free roam of the yard when the grill is on. Burns can happen in an instant.

Steer Clear of Fireworks: If your dog is afraid of fireworks, place them in a cool, closed room until the explosives are over. It may be helpful to play soothing music for your pet during the fireworks display. If you’re traveling to view fireworks elsewhere, it’s best to leave your pets at home.

Poisonous Products: Keep matches, citronella candles, bug sprays, sunscreens and lighter fluid out of your dog’s reach. These products can all cause serious health problems for your pup.

For a full list of July Fourth pet safety tips, visit the ASPCA’s Pet Care section.

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Jan Dolce

If you love your dog leave him/her home when you go to the parade. Why subject them to the hot pavement, sirens and horns, with no where to relieve themselves and no water to drink. I witnessed a family with a small black lab at the parade this morning. The poor thing did nothing but bark. So the owners solution was to take him for a walk. I watched him return from his "walk" but at this point they were running. The dog was panting like crazy when they finally got back to their seats and at no time did I see them offer him any water. If you love your animal... leave them home.