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By: Meteorologist Megan Mulford
Updated: Feb 8th 2022

Wildlife Wednesdays: Fourth of July Pet Safety Edition

Here are some safety tips that will help you and your pet have a fun, stress-free Independence Day. 

1. Leave your pets at home

The safest place for your pet is at home and not in a huge crowd full of unknown people and noise. Especially if your pet is scared of loud noises, such as fireworks. This can lead to your pet running away or jumping a fence to find safety. Do not keep any animal in your car during the event! Pets can suffer heat stroke, organ failure, and brain injury, which can result in death. 

2. Provide a safe spot at home

When animals are left inside, it can still be loud outside! Provide a crack in the closet door or an open crate to allow your pet to seek shelter if scared.

3. Keep track of your pet when hosting a party

With many guests at a party, make sure your animals do not escape with the opening and closing of doors. If you are having a BBQ, do not give animals scraps of food, such as the following: corn, onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, chocolate, and beer. These are all very hazardous for your dogs and cats and can lead to death. Also, when using sparklers or fireworks at home, NEVER use them around your pet. 

4. Make sure your animal is properly identified

Make sure your animal has a tag on its collar and/or is micro-chipped. This makes it easier to return them to their owner if they become lost. It is also a good idea to have a current picture of your pet in case "lost pet" signs are needed. 

5. Keep emergency contact in handy

Keep your vet contact and nearest emergency animal hospital information nearby if it is needed. You can also contact the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-855-213-6680 if you are unsure that your pet has been poisoned. 

After the celebrations, make sure to examine your yard and pick up any firework debris that may be laying around. This will ensure your animal does not pick it up, play with it, or eat it. The tips above will allow for you and your pet to have a safe holiday experience!