Independence Day Safety for PetsPublished July 2, 2009
Many of us are planning a festive Independence Day celebration on July 4. We are looking forward to that mouth-watering barbeque of hot dogs and hamburgers, potato salad with onions or maybe a delicious vegetarian delight which contains garlic. While garlic and onions are safe for humans, they can be dangerous for cats, so care is needed if our kitties are hanging out with us while we "party".
Of course it is essential that we plan ahead to ensure our pets' safety and security. Independence Day is one of the most perilous holidays of all that we celebrate. As the sun goes down, and evening is upon us, considering the easy access to fireworks that many people have, there will certainly be an abundance of loud, frightening pyro-novelties lighting up the sky.
While we may consider them exciting and beautiful, remember that dogs and cats have far more acute hearing than we do. Dogs can hear things 250 yards which humans can only hear from a distance of 25 feet. Cats have exquisite and sensitive hearing and can become easily frightened and confused.
So without further amew, here are some pet safety tips to make July 4 a happier and healthier day for your furry friends:
1. Keep your pets indoors. It is recommended to leave them home. We keep our blinds closed and soft music playing if we go out to celebrate and confine them to our safe bedroom.
2. Even if you have a fenced in area for your pets, they can easily escape over a wall if sufficiently frightened.
3. If you must walk your dog during a fireworks display keep your canine leashed. Make sure that proper ID tags are on the collar just in case he or she gets away from you.
4. If you feel that your pet needs to be sedated, please consult with your vet before administering any medications, especially those made for human use.
Have a safe and happy July 4!
Watch this very informative video uploaded to YouTube by Better, with many more tips and suggestions about how to keep your pet safe.
Please leave us some comments with further suggestions for pet safety on July 4.