Keeping Your Pet Safe on July Fourth

Like any holiday, the Fourth of July comes with its share of potential pet hazards. Will your furry family member be safe this year? Here, your Beaverton, OR veterinarian tells you about the most common July Fourth safety hazards to be aware of.

Fireworks Displays

More pets get lost on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year. That’s because pets don’t like fireworks nearly as much as we do—in fact, the thunderous booms and dazzling flashes often terrify them into running away into the night. Don’t bring your pet to the local fireworks display, however tempting it is to include them in the festivities. Instead, leave them secured at home.

Pyrotechnics at Home

If you plan on lighting off fireworks or sparklers at home, keep your pet indoors or tethered a safe distance away. Home-use fireworks can also frighten pets into running away, and they can even burn a pet’s face or paws if the animal were to get too close.

Picnic Hazards

Are you including your animal companion in your holiday picnic or barbeque? Remember that just about every typical picnic contains various foods that pets shouldn’t have. Plus, any drastic change in a pet’s diet can result in vomiting or diarrhea. Restrict your pet’s access to fatty foods, salty items, chocolate, candy and gum, avocado, grapes and raisins, onions, and garlic.


That’s right—pets can get sunburnt, too. It’s especially likely on areas of exposed skin, like that on the edge of the nose or tips of the ears. Ask your veterinarian about a feline- or canine-formulated sunscreen for your pet. These products are available at some veterinarians’ offices, pet supply stores, and certain retail outlets, and may help save your pet from a painful burn.

Dehydration and Heatstroke

The sun also contributes to dangerous dehydration and heatstroke in the heart of summer. If your pet is going to spend hours outdoors away from the air conditioning, be sure to set them up with a dish of cool, fresh water and a shady spot. Check the water dish periodically to see if it needs refilled. If you see your pet acting lethargic, panting excessively, or drooling, move them to a cooler area immediately and call your veterinarian to find out how to proceed.

Would you like more pet safety tips for the July Fourth holiday? Call your Beaverton, OR veterinarian today!

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