More Pets Go Missing on July 5th than Any Other Time of Year

To make sure your pet is not one of them, I have listed 12 tips here.

You probably know these already, but just in case, here they are.
And, if you have one I did not mention, please let me know and I am happy to add it!


12 Pet Safety Tips to keep your pets safe over July 4th holiday

  1. Is your pet properly identified?  (current id tag?  microchip?)
  2. Going to watch a fireworks display?  Leave your dog at home! (Fireworks are scary to our pets)
  3. Never light fireworks near your dog
  4. Do not put glow sticks around your pet’s neck & do not let them play with it.  (If they bite it, liquid inside can poison them or if they swallow plastic, it could get lodged in their tummy)
  5. Dangerous “picnic/bbq” foods (see my list of just a few)
  6. Keep citronella candles, insect coils out of reach of your pets (smell is poisonous)
  7. Don’t Put Insect Repellant on your pet (poisonous)
  8. Sunburn: dogs with short, light-colored patches, hairless coats can get sunburn (do not use “people” sunscreen on your pet, it can poison your pet; ask your vet for a safe, pet sunscreen)
  9. Is it too hot outside?  Do you know signs of heatstroke?  What to do if you suspect heatstroke?  (apply damp towel to your pet’s chest and undercarriage; give limited amount of water; put in shade; CALL YOUR VET TO LET THEM KNOW YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY!)
  10. Never leave your pet in a parked car!  
  11. Some people use booties on their dogs …. are they breathable? Pets perspire through panting & their paw pads, so if they cannot throw off “heat” through their pads because the booties are not breathable, they could develop heat stroke.
  12. Check the “7 Second Rule” before walking your dog.

See more details on these 12 Pet Safety Tips – open this link:  July 4 Pet Safety Tips

Here are some foods to keep away from your pets:

  • Alcohol
  • Bones: Certain bones can lacerate or obstruct your pets’ insides
  • Cake batter: contains raw eggs
  • Candy: contain artificial sweetener xylitol
  • Chocolate: (dark/baking)
  • Corn cobs


  • Fatty Foods: rich, unfamiliar
  • Fruits with pits
  • Grapes and Raisins
  • Onions and onion powder
  • Raw Bread Dough
  • Sage and other herbs
  • Toxic Turkey: turkey skin

Keep them away from the bbq — they could get burned!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.