The Fourth of July: There’s nothing like celebrating this holiday by having fun with a backyard barbecue and watching some fireworks. But, the Fourth of July often isn’t as fun for our furry friends. Our team has some tips to help you enjoy a safe Independence Day with your pets.


Tip #1: Prevent your pet from experiencing gastrointestinal problems

Think the barbecued chicken, corn on the cob, and chocolate brownie might give you a tummy ache? These foods can do a lot worse for your pet. Chicken bones can splinter and cause a perforation in your dog’s gastrointestinal tract, and a corn cob could become lodged there, leading to a blockage that would require surgery to repair. Sweets often contain ingredients toxic to pets, like chocolate and xylitol. If you’re cooking a special barbecue meal, avoid the emergency veterinary visit by keeping your pup away from the food.


Tip #2: Keep your pet calm amidst the booms and bangs of fireworks

To us, they’re pretty. To many pets, however, they’re terrifying. Our furry friends don’t understand what’s happening when the loud noises of fireworks begin, so it’s best to prepare them in advance of the colorful show. 

  • Before the Fourth of July, you can desensitize your pet to the sounds of Fireworks by playing audio recordings at a low volume. Slowly increase the volume each day until it sounds similar to the real fireworks show.
  • Prepare a safe and secure place for your pet to go during the fireworks. It should be an interior room in your home, and you should close all doors, windows, and window treatments. Play calming music in the room, and plug in a pheromone diffuser (Adaptil for dogs and Feliway for cats). Put your pet’s favorite toys and bedding in the room, and use a long-lasting treat, like a Kong toy with frozen peanut butter inside, as a distraction.


Tip #3: Prevent your pet from becoming lost

Many pets become lost on the Fourth of July. If your family members will be coming and going from your home or yard, ensure they know to keep doors and gates securely closed so your pet can’t sneak through. And, if you have designated a safe room for your pet, ensure it’s secure so she can’t escape. Sometimes, determined pets are able to escape despite our best efforts. If this happens to your pet, a registered microchip with up-to-date contact information provides the greatest chance of her being reunited with you. 


If you have any questions about keeping your pet calm and safe during this 4th of July, please contact us.