How to Protect Your Pet During The Fourth Of July Holiday
The Fourth of July can be a dangerous and traumatic time for pets. Animal Humane Society experts in Golden Valley say pet owners need to take precautions to keep their fur babies safe during and after the holiday.
Big booms and flashing lights from fireworks can upset your pet. Some dogs will bark and try to hide from the loud noise, while others will run away.
“It’s a flight risk. It doesn’t matter where there are, even if they’re in your home, if you open the door, they hear that, and they can bolt outside,” said Animal Humane Spokesperson Astrid Kammueller.
She says it’s best to keep pets inside and create a safe, comforting space. If possible, leave your pet at home.
“Don’t bring them with you if you’re going to the fireworks, and if you bring them with you, don’t leave them in your car,” said Kammueller. “It’s also really hot today, and though this weekend, it’s going to be very hot.”
Many people like to celebrate Independence Day with a picnic or barbecue, but some of the delicious treats can harm your dog.
“There are hot dogs and brats. But the fried onions, the grilled onions, the regular onions on it, and that is not good for pets, you want to keep that away from your dogs,” explained Kammueller.
She says chocolate is also dangerous for both cats and dogs and suggests keeping a close eye on your pets during the Fourth of July holiday.