10 tips to keep your pets safe, calm on Fourth of July

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Mark Lucas with PAWS Chicago has 10 tips to keep your pets safe and calm during the Fourth of July weekend.

Keep your Pet Indoors at All Times!

It may seem obvious, but even if your pet is used to being outside, the resulting panic caused by fireworks or other loud noises may make them break their restraint or jump a fence in a terrified attempt to find safety.
If you’re having a party, chances are your guests may be going in and out of the house quite frequently.  To prevent your pet escaping,  leave him or her in a quiet room or behind a baby gate to prevent him/her from getting outside.

Going to a Fireworks Display? Leave Your Pet at Home!

The safest place for your pet is at home, not in a crowded, unfamiliar and noisy place. The combination of too many people and loud fireworks can make your beloved pet freak out and desperately seek shelter. Locking them in the car is also not an option; as your pet may suffer brain damage and heat stroke.

Have Your Pet Properly Identified

  • If your pet manages to break loose and become lost, without proper identification it will be that much harder to get them back.
  • Be sure to microchip your pet
  • Always have your pet wear an ID tag with their name, address, and your phone number
  • It is also a good idea to have a recent picture of your pets in case you have to put up signs in the event they become lost

NEVER Use Fireworks Around Pets

While lit fireworks can pose a danger to curious pets and potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws, even unused fireworks can be hazardous. Some fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as arsenic, potassium nitrate, and other heavy metals.
Don’t Put Insect Repellant on Your Pet that isn’t Specifically for Pet Use

The same tip applies to applying “people” sunscreen on your pet. What isn’t toxic to humans can be toxic to animals. DEET, a common insecticide, may cause neurological issues.
Alcoholic Drinks Poison Pets

If your pet drinks alcohol, they can become dangerously intoxicated, go into a coma, or in severe cases, die from respiratory failure. Even beer is toxic; fermented hops and ethanol are poisonous to dogs and cats.

Don’t Give Your Pet “Table Food”

If you are having a backyard barbeque, you may be tempted to slip some snacks to your pet. But like beer and chocolate, there are other festive foods that could harm your pet. Onions, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough are all possible hazards for dogs and cats. Stick to pet food and pet treats.

Other Helpful Tips on Harmful Substances:

  • Lighter Fluid and Matches Are Harmful to Pets.
  • Citronella Insect Control Products Harm Pets, Too.
  • Keep Your Pet Away from Glow Jewelry (also harmful)

 More info:

PAWS Chicago
Adoption Center: 1997 N. Clyborn Ave.
Volunteer inquiries: volunteers@pawschicago.org


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