It’s almost the 4th of July and food, drinks and decorations are all ready. But are you sure you’re not missing out on anything?

If you have furry friends at home, you might find this post pretty useful as technically, Fourth of July celebrations and pets do not mix. Here are 6 helpful tips to keep your pets safe and sound this 4th of July.

Human food for your dog? Think again!

If your pets are not used to eating human food, it is best not to feed them something extraordinary on the 4th of July. A sudden change in pet diet will most likely result to stomach upset.

Aside from that, feeding your pets their usual meal will keep them safe from human food which may be toxic to them if consumed, such as avocados, onions, chocolates and even too much salt!

Lay off the alcohol, buddy.

Alcoholic drinks are for humans, not for your pets. According to the ASPCA, alcohol can poison pets.

“If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma,” the organization writes. “Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.”

Dress up your buddies but avoid glowing accessories.

USA Patriotic Day Dog Costume 4th of July

USA Patriotic Day Dog Costume 4th of July

Rubies Costume 4th of July Collection Pet Costume, Patriotic Pooch Girl

Rubies Costume 4th of July Collection Pet Costume, Patriotic Pooch Girl

Keep Fourth of July outfits and costumes pet-friendly by avoiding glowing accessories and other blings they may chew on and eventually ingest.

4th of July American Flag Adjustable Dog Collar and Leash

4th of July American Flag Adjustable Dog Collar and Leash

Uncle Sam Pet Costume

Uncle Sam Pet Costume

The ASPCA notes that substances found in glowing pet accessories may not be toxic to your furry friends but “excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.”

As much as possible, keep pets indoors.

Sure it would be fun to join the 4th of July celebrations and mingle with family, friends and neighbors at the parade. But it would be a whole lot safer for your pets to stay indoors.

Celebrations are often loud, with the banging of drums, the sound of fireworks, lively chatter all around and so much more. All of these are likely to get your pets anxious and even scared.

Soothe your pets with anti-anxiety and calming products like these:

HomeoPet TFLN Anxiety

HomeoPet TFLN Anxiety

HomeoPet TFLN Anxiety is a homeopathic remedy for relief from fear of: Thunderstorms, Fireworks, Loud Noises, Windstorms. Restlessness, anxious and unwanted behavior can be helped with this fast-acting, non-sedating liquid.

Bach Rescue Remedy for Dogs

Bach Rescue Remedy for Dogs

Rescue Remedy is an alcohol free solution for your dog’s anxiety. Bach Rescue Remedy contains the essence of 5 natural flowers, Impatients, Cherry Plum, Rock Rose, Clematis, and Star of Bethlehem. This natural combination has proven to be effective for pets world-wide for over 80 years. Bach Rescue Remedy is available in tablets, drops, and sprays. It is simple to administer and and results are seen quickly. Rescue Remedy is not a sedative and is safe for cats, horses, birds and reptiles.

NurtureCALM 247 Feline Calming Pheromone Collar

NurtureCALM 24/7 Feline Calming Pheromone Collar

This collar helps cats in fearful or stressful situations [separation anxiety, visitors, other household cats, loud noises, new baby, vet visits, traveling]. The pheromone provides a convenient alternative to diffusers which are limited for use in the confines of a designated room.

NaturVet® Quiet Moments™ Calming Aid Plus Melatonin for Cats

NaturVet® Quiet Moments™ Calming Aid Plus Melatonin for Cats

NaturVet® Quiet Moments™ Calming Aid Plus Melatonin for Cats reduces stress and tension with natural ingredients in a delectable soft chew formula. These soft chews include a blend of thiamine, melatonin, and L-tryptophan to promote relaxation. For pets that experience stress-induced stomach upset, ginger works to provide relief from gastrointestinal symptoms.

ID your pets.

Just in case your pet runs off due to the unfamiliar sights and sounds in your backyard, it would help to have them wear ID tags with your name and phone number.

Gibi Pet Location GPS Service Unit

Gibi Pet Location GPS Service Unit

The Gibi Pet Location GPS Service Unit is an incredibly accurate, lightweight tracking device that helps you keep tabs on your dog in any situation. This amazing device securely attached to your pup’s collar to track your dog’s location live and report it to your smartphone or computer instantly. This amazing device is IP-67 waterproof, to ensure it works in any environment and is can be programmed for added functionality.

Personalized Pet Tags - Cat & Dog Tags

Personalized Pet Tags – Cat & Dog Tags

More than just cute gimmicks or pieces of jewelry, our fetching tags can make all the difference in the world if your furry friend were to suddenly go missing. You can personalize the tag with whatever information you’d want someone to have if your canine companion was discovered far from home: the pet’s name, its human parents’ names and contact number, the vet’s name or contact number, etc.

But even that may get lost from the neck of a frantic puppy. In that case, microchip identification will work best.

Do not use fireworks around your pets.

Finally, and most importantly, never use fireworks around your pets. Fireworks not only scare your pets, they can also cause physical damages such as body burns.

Even unlit fireworks pose danger to your pets, notes ASPCA. “Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.”

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