Keeping Pets Safe During July 4th and Summer

Keeping Pets Safe During July 4th and Summer

As July 4th celebrations approach, it’s important to remember that the festivities can be stressful and even dangerous for our beloved pets. At Furkids Animal Rescue, we’re dedicated to ensuring that pets stay safe and comfortable during this time. Here are some tips to help you protect your furkids during the fireworks and throughout the summer!

Fireworks and July 4th Safety Tips

Fireworks can be terrifying for pets, and depending on where you live, they are often unavoidable during Independence Day. The good news is there are many things you can do to ensure your pets safety and help them get through a stressful evening.

1. Create a Safe Space: Create a safe, quiet space inside your home where your pet can retreat. This could be a room with closed windows and doors to muffle the noise, with their favorite toys and blankets to provide comfort. 

2. Use Calming Products: Consider using calming products such as pheromone sprays, calming collars, or anxiety wraps. These can help reduce your pet’s stress levels - and are easily accesible. Not sure which product is for you? Consult your vetrinarian to know what to consider.

3. Familiar Noise: Play familiar/calm music or turn on the TV to help drown out the sound of fireworks. This happy distraction can provide a comforting background noise that can help soothe your pet. Usually watch Netflix in your home around a certain time? Put on sounds your pet will recognize and associate with normality. Keep in mind that you don't want the audio too loud, as this may also stress your pet out.

4. Keep Pets Indoors: Ensure your pets are indoors before the fireworks start. If you have a dog, take them out before the evening. Even pets who are normally well-behaved outside may panic and try to run away when they hear loud noises. Keeping your pets inside is crucial to keeping them safe.

5. Make Sure Your Pets are Microchipped: Make sure your pets have up-to-date identification tags and are microchipped. In case they do escape, this increases the chances of them being returned to you quickly and safely. Unfortunately - July 5th is a busy day for animal rescues around the country for this reason. Ensure your pets microchips are registered to you, and are up to date!

6. Avoid Fireworks Exposure: Never bring pets to fireworks displays. The noise, crowds, and unfamiliar environment can be overwhelming and frightening for them. You may have an outgoing pet - but they will be happier in a quiet calm calm home.

Summer Safety Tips for Pets

For many, the summer months are the most fun! Between pool days, cook outs, and vacations - it can be very easy to get distracted. Furkids wants to take a minute to remind all of our pet owners of a few things to keep in mind considering your fur babies!

1. Hydration is Crucial: Always make sure your pets have access to fresh, clean water. Dehydration can occur quickly, especially during hot summer days. There are many portable water dishes that can help keep your pet hydrated.

2. Avoid Overheating: Be mindful of the temperature and avoid taking your pets out during the hottest parts of the day. Early morning or late evening walks are best to prevent overheating. Seniors and overweight dogs are especially prone to overheating. Be mindful of the temperature, and always check before taking your dog for a walk. Even if it is a short one!

3. Provide Shade: If your pets are temporarily outside, make sure they have access to shaded areas where they can cool down. Never leave pets in parked cars, as temperatures can rise to dangerous levels within minutes. If you are hot, so is your pet (and they have all that fur as well)!

4. Watch for Signs of Heatstroke: Symptoms of heatstroke include excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, and collapse. If you suspect your pet is overheating, move them to a cool area, provide water, and contact your veterinarian immediately.

5. Protect Their Paws: Pavement, concrete, and sand can get extremely hot and can burn your pet’s paws. Even patios and decks can be extremely hot without us realizing. Check the ground with your hand before walks and consider pet booties for added protection. If its hot, pet paws can burn within seconds. Even if you are planning on a short walk, always check to make sure your Furkid won't be injured.

6. Safe Swimming: If your pet enjoys swimming, always supervise them. Not all pets are natural swimmers, and even good swimmers can get into trouble in strong currents or if they become tired.

7. Keep a Lookout for Toxins: Be mindful of common summer hazards such as pesticides, fertilizers, and toxic plants. Keep these substances out of reach and be cautious during walks in unfamiliar areas.

At Furkids Animal Rescue, we care deeply for the safety and well being of animals everywhere. By following these tips, you can help ensure your furry family members stay safe and happy throughout the July 4th celebrations and the hot summer months. Let’s make this season enjoyable for everyone, including our beloved pets!

HAGS! (Have a great summer ❤️)

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