Your pets are part of the family and because of this, you need to do everything you can to keep them safe during the summer and especially during the July 4 celebrations this weekend. According to a report by News Channel 8 on June 29, there are a few things you can do to help keep them safe and prevent them from being afraid of the July 4 fireworks that will be going off this weekend all over the United States in honor of our Independence Day. Here are a few things recommended to help keep them safe during the July 4 celebrations.
Use these tips to keep your pets safe this July 4 and all summer long
- Don’t take them with you to see the fireworks. Leave them at home and safely indoors.
- Feed and walk them early, before the fireworks begin, and then settle them in for the night.
- Provide them with a safe room that is complete with plenty of water, the familiar background noise they are used to, such as the TV or radio, and ventilation without opening windows.
- Don’t leave them outside tied up or alone in vehicles even with the windows cracked open.
- Make sure to bring your cats inside to keep them from hiding elsewhere, such as under car hoods.
- Keep dogs and cats tags secured on them at all times in case they get away from you, especially during this busy travel time.
- Don’t leave children alone to watch the pets.
- Don’t punish your pets for their stress caused behavior during this holiday weekend. This means don’t punish them for whining or barking just because they are afraid.
- If your pets go missing, search early and often and visit the local animal shelters in case they ended up there.
- Ask your vet for ways to calm your pets if needed.
July 4 isn’t the only time your pets need to be kept safe. With summer being hot most days, you should take precautionary measures to keep your pets safe throughout the whole summer. According to ABC 30, bringing your pets indoors during the day when it is the hottest is the best way to keep them safe from the heat. However, if you can’t bring them in for whatever reason, make sure they have plenty of water and plenty of shade. Even filling a kiddie pool for them would be a good idea.
They also recommend walking them before 9 am and after 8 pm when it is the coolest outside. Also, keep an eye on when your pet needs a break from the walk.
By keeping these tips in mind, you can keep your pets safe during the whole summer and especially during the July 4 celebrations.