It's time to celebrate but what becomes of your pets during the July 4th festivities? As you prepare to plan the perfect party atmosphere for your friends, be sure to include your furry friends in the fun, too. A few reminders can help keep your pets safe as you celebrate the holiday.
The noise and excitement that goes along with fireworks can be scary for your pets. Keep the following in mind to help your pets stay safe and feel secure:
It's hot outside. July is typically one of the warmest summer months and, just like humans need to stay hydrated, so do pets. Keep your pet's water bowl filled with fresh, clean water to enjoy. If your pets are outside, keep their water bowls in a shady spot and refill often.
Asphalt streets, cement sidewalks and many other outdoor walkway surfaces can get hot, especially for an animal's paw pads. If you'd like your pet to join in your outdoor celebrations, try to make sure there is a nice, shady spot on the grass or another surface area that doesn't get too hot. Also remember to walk your dog early in the morning or once the sun goes down. Consider investing in booties to cover your pet's paws.
As a member of your family, your pets are likely invited to your backyard barbecues, too. Keep human food and drinks out of reach of your pets. Be sure your guests aren't feeding food (or drinks like alcohol) to them. Some people think human food makes good snacks for pets, but a change in diet could cause tummy troubles for your furry friends. Certain foods can be poisonous to pets. Foods you should never feed pets:
Did you forget something for your big barbecue and need to stop at the store? Even if it's "just for a few minutes," never leave your pets alone in a car on hot days. Leaving the windows down and parking in the shade isn't good enough. Temperatures rise quickly on the inside of a vehicle. Since dogs sweat differently than humans, they're not able to cool themselves down enough while stuck in a hot car. In some states it's illegal to leave a pet in a car during extreme weather. Find out which states make it illegal and the provisions.
Don't forget about your pets during the holidays. Keep them safe and secure so everyone can enjoy the fun.
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