What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with cookouts and fireworks. As you put the final touches on your guest lists and menus, don’t forget to take a moment and plan for your pets’ safety as well. While the loud explosions that light the night sky signify a celebration for us, they can be traumatizing to our pets.

According to the American Humane Association, July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters. The loud noises and bright explosions can cause pets to panic and run away. The ASPCA and PAW have put together tips for keeping your pets calm and safe this Independence Day:

Fireworks:
Nothing says, “Happy 4th of July” quite like fireworks. If you are heading to a fireworks display, don’t bring your pet. The combination of unfamiliar surroundings, crowds of people and loud noises can be overwhelming for your pet. Leave your pets in comfortable surroundings inside your home while you are enjoying the celebrations.

ID Tags:
Proper identification tags can be the difference in finding a lost pet. The tags should have the pets name and your telephone number on them in case your pet wanders from home. Microchipping your pet can also help ensure their safe return.

Drinks:
Keep all alcoholic beverages away from your pets. Alcohol is extremely dangerous when ingested by animals. Consumption can result in intoxication, comas and respiratory failure.

Glow Jewelry:
Glow Jewelry may be festive, but it can be hazardous to your pets. Ingesting the plastic can cause excessive drooling, gastrointestinal irritation and intestinal blockages.

Food:
No party is complete without food, but be sure you save the delicious treats for your 2 legged guests. While you think sharing those tasty dishes with your pet would be a special treat, table food can cause an upset stomach and put your pet at risk for more severe complications.

Citronella:
Citronella based repellants can be toxic to dogs. Inhaling the chemical can cause respiratory illness, while ingestion can affect the nervous system.

Insect Repellant:
Sunscreen and insect repellant can be harmful to your pets when ingested. These substances can cause a variety of illnesses as well as neurological issues.

Celebrate the Fourth of July and leave your pets inside your home in an area that is safe and secure. Your pets will stay safe and enjoy the comfortable surroundings. Happy Independence Day!

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