4th of July Pet Safety Tips


4th of July Pet Safety Tips

As a pet sitter in Scottsdale, I hear all the time that July 5th is known as the most busiest day at valley shelters. This is because so many pets freak out and escape from their homes sue to the July 4th festivities.  If you will be leaving your pet at home during the 4th of July – try doing these10 tips to ensure they have a safe and stress free night.

1 – Secure all GATES, DOORS, and LOCKS. You do not want anything blowing or pushing open, giving your fur kid an easy way out.

2- If you are leaving the home, leave a TV or radio on loud in efforts to drown out the noises that may be going on outside.

3- Make sure your pets IDs are on or they are micro chipped. If your pet escapes, often times it is your only hoe of finding them.

4 – Be sure to close all doggy doors.

5- Leave them in a secure area with lots of chew toys and dog proof the area. Sometimes when stressed, pets will chew. If your baseboards are attacked – we have a handyman we can recommend J

6 – Do not give your pets any leftover bones. Cooked bones are the worst for your pets and could split in their intestines and cause internal bleeding. Please also be aware of guest feeding your pets.

7 – Do not take your pets to firework displays and keep them far away from those who might be lighting them off.

8 – Do not leave alcoholic drinks where pets can reach them. It could be fatal. Instead think about Bowser Beer!

9- Be careful if you want to “decorate” your pet. The glow sticks could be toxic if they chew them and if they are not used to bandana’s, they can get caught on things.

10 – If your pet gets scared easily, try Rescue Remedy or consider staying home with them.

If you follow these tips your pet should have just as an enjoyable 4th of July as you have.

Pet Friendly 4th of July

Pet Friendly 4th of July

Nothing says we love America then colorful fireworks blasting to the tune of the “rockets red glare” and some of our favorite patriotic tunes as we watch in amazement waving our American flags. But before you head out for your 4th of July outdoor celebrations with dog in tow remember safety first. With the 4th of July just around the corner here are some pet safety tips to heed so both you and your dog can have an enjoyable and safe Holiday weekend.
1. NEVER leave dog in unattended parked car. Remember a car can reach high temperatures in minutes even with windows cracked. Heat exposure can result in organ damage, heart problems and sudden death. Partially opened windows on hot days do not provide sufficient air flow but can put your pet in jeopardy of being stolen. So, leave your dog at home if you are considering locking them in the car.

2. Stay Shaded. Like humans dogs can also suffer from heatstroke, so avoid by keeping your dog in shaded areas on very hot and warms days. Remember that dogs swear from the pads of their feet and cool off by panting so they need extra help cooling down in the warm weather. Protect your pet from potentially deadly heatstroke by keeping your pet shaded from the sun when the mercury rises.

3. Stay hydrated! Dehydration is the #1 concern and danger during those long summer heat waves. Make sure you have a generous amount of fresh water on hand to quench your dog’s thirst, especially during and after a good game of 4th of July fetch or Frisbee. Keep a large bowl of water under a shaded tree or pavilion to keep the water cool. Fill the water bowl with half water and half ice.

4. Scaredy Dog. Your dog can become easily frightened by 4th of July fireworks and loud celebrations. Make sure your pet is wearing a properly fitted collar with proper identification & tags just in case your pet becomes scared and runs away from home. Better yet, you might want to have your pet micro-chipped as a precaution to make it easier for your pet to be returned home safely & promptly.  Around the 4th of July their appears to be an upsurge in lost pets and strays so keep a watchful eye on your pet whereabouts at all time.

5. Firework-phobic dogs. Knowing your dog’s temperament is half the battle. Fireworks are no blast for some pets, with many dogs becoming easily frightened by unfamiliar loud noises, lightening and thunderstorms. Unfortunately the 4th of July is filled with the deafening sound of loud fireworks bursting with light and loud celebrations. So you can imagine that this can cause some pets to cower, shiver, panic, escape or go in a destructive chewing rampage (put away precious family heirlooms). Leaving your dog indoors (not leashed in the yard) on the 4th of July in a safe, secure, escape proof room of the house with comfy bed, food and water is the safest option. We would advise someone to stay home with the pet, but if your dog is left alone lower the blinds and turn on the tv or radio at normal volume to keep your pet company, this will help to disguise those terrifying loud 4th of July noises. If he is crate trained put him in his crate covered with a blanket to make him feel secure. For preventive measures make sure all doors (doggy doors), windows, and gates are closed and locked securely.

6. Alcohol Free Zone. If you and your dog are invited to any Independence Day picnic or BBQ celebrations remember that alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets so NEVER leave your beverage unattended. If alcohol is ingested, your pet could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. In very severe instances death from respiratory failure caused by alcohol consumption can result.

7. No picnic table and grill scraps. Always be aware of what friends and family are sneaking and forking your dog under the table. While tempting on such a festive occasion, human food (bones, onions, avocado, grapes and raisins) should be off limits at all times to your dog. Some human food may be toxic or dangerous if ingested and cause stomach upset. So advise friends and family to NOT feed your dog table scraps.  Like us your vet would advise you to maintain your dog’s normal & strict diet to avoid potential health problems or an emergency run to the vet.

8. 4th of July Decorations. Remember that your pet may easily mistake your red, white and blue decorations and glow sticks as chew toys. So, make sure to dog proof your home and keep fun glow sticks out of paws reach.

Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

“Three tips for keeping your pet healthy and happy this Independence Day.”


Fourth of July Pet Safety

With Fourth of July less than a week away, many people are beginning to plan out their fun weekend activities: delicious BBQ’s with friends and family, backyard bonfires on the water, and, as customary for this wonderful holiday, magnificent firework displays.

However, as you begin to make all of your plans for your Fourth of July celebration, it is important to realize that some of these activities can be potentially hazardous and stressful for your pets.

There are several pet safety tips that you should follow in order to ensure that both you and your furry friends have an enjoyable, safe holiday weekend:

1. Fireworks Can Be Dangerous and Terrifying To Pets

While a spectacular firework display is the highlight of a Fourth of July celebration for many people, they are a source of stress and anxiety for many pets. If possible, consider leaving your animal at home when you leave to go watch fireworks. Lowering the blinds and turning on the radio or TV can help mask the terrifying booms and blasts that often scare pets.

However, if you aren’t able to leave your animals at home, be sure that they are kept far away from any fireworks. While the loud noises may frighten some pets, others may try and chase the pretty lights or sniff out debris from a previously lit firework. These situations may result in severe burns or trauma to your pets face and paws, so make sure that you are constantly aware of their actions.

Also, if there is a firework display near your home, be sure to take a walk through your yard before you let your pet out. Leftover fireworks and debris may still contain dangerous chemicals that can cause harm to your pet if they are left laying around.

2. Make Sure Your Pet Has Proper Identification and Tags

Many animal shelters report that they see a significant spike in stray and lost dogs after the Fourth of July. No matter how well-behaved or calm your pet may be, the severe booms and cracks of fireworks are enough to encourage any dog to declare their own independence from their yards and leashes.

Be sure to properly ID your animal with a well-fitted collar and tags in case they get frightened and run away from home. You may also want to consider getting your pet micro-chipped as an extra added precaution.

3. Keep Your Pets Away From Harmful Drinks and Food Scraps

Pet Safety Fourth of JulyWhile you may know better than to feed your animal scraps from the dinner table, your BBQ guests may not. Be sure to advise your family and friends that table scraps are off limits for your pet. Human foods can be extremely harmful to your dog’s stomach, especially bones, onions, grapes, chocolate and raisins.

Also, be sure to never leave alcoholic beverages unattended around your pet. If ingested, they can be potentially poisonous to animals, causing them to become weak, depressed or could even cause them to fall into a coma.

For many people, nothing beats celebrating Fourth of July in the backyard with good friends and good fun, but it is important that you remember safety for both you and your pets in order to ensure a safe and happy holiday weekend.