Top Summer Pet Safety Tips
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Summer is the perfect time to relax, have fun, and enjoy company under the sun, but with all the loud fireworks, people, and excitement, the festivities might not be as fun for our pets. You can help them celebrate the season more by taking extra safety precautions. Start preparing with these summer pet safety tips!
Pet Safety Before Summer Celebrations
Why Are Pets Scared of Fireworks?
Pets fear loud noises. Approximately 20-40% of cats and dogs have a noise phobia, and loud sounds like fireworks trigger their flight-or-hide response.
More pets go missing around the 4th of July than any other time of year because of fireworks. In fact, animal control services nationwide see a 30-60% increase in missing pets between July 4th and 6th.
Lost Pet Prevention
Amidst the chaos, if your pet goes missing, the Lifetime Protection Membership will give you 24/7 access to the Lost Pet Recovery Specialists at 24Petwatch.
Next, double-check your pet’s ID tag, ensuring it hasn’t broken off and has an up-to-date phone number in case they go missing.
Lastly, to prevent your pet from escaping when they hear loud noises like fireworks, walk through your home and check that all windows and doors are secure.
Party Safety for Pet Owners
Walk your dog and show your cat some extra love before the festivities begin, as they won’t get as much attention throughout the day.
If you’re going somewhere else, leave your pets at home where you know they’re safe and comfortable.
Aside from prepping your pet for new humans and animals, ensure that these pet poisons and hazards are out of their reach.
Common Summer Poisons for Cats and Dogs
- Citronella candles
- Insect repellent
Human Foods Toxic to Dogs and Cats
- Desserts with chocolate or xylitol
Pets and Fireworks
You can help ease your pet’s firework anxiety by preparing a safe space away from loud noises.
Give them their favorite toys, their bed, a blanket with your scent, and a white noise maker, like the radio or music to drown out scary sounds.
To help them deal with their anxiety, play with them during fireworks, and encourage them with treats, so they associate the loud noises with a happy time.
You can also talk to your veterinarian about anti-anxiety medications and sprays that could help calm their nerves.
Hot Weather Safety Tips
As most celebrations are outside, ensure your dog has access to shade and water and bring them inside during the hottest times of the day to avoid heat stroke.
Will you spend your summer by a pool, lake, or ocean? Always supervise your pets near water. You can purchase a life jacket for your dog and cat for extra safety.
Prevent your pets from drinking pool, lake, or ocean water, as it contains bacteria and chemicals that can make them sick.
After-Party Safety for Pets
Before you send your dog outside, check your yard for any food or firework debris left behind by partygoers.
If you hosted, check your house for food scraps and garbage your guests left that could be toxic or hazardous to the furry members of your household.
What to Do in an Emergency
If you suspect your pet ingested something toxic, call the 24/7 Pet Poison Helpline® for advice at 855-764-7661.
Call, chat, or email the 24/7 Vet Helpline for veterinary advice, which is complimentary for one year with a Lifetime Protection Membership.
It’s also a good idea to record what emergency clinics are open or nearby, in case your pet needs medical attention, and to always have a pet first-aid kit prepared.
We hope you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the summer festivities with your furry companions, knowing they are protected from danger with these safety measures.
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