Tucson Dog Logo4th of July Safety for Your Pets

Dear Readers,

This is a big topic this issue so I thought I would throw my 4 paws in!

While humans enjoy the booming sounds and flashing lights of fireworks, it can be terrifying and overwhelming for us four-legged people. The American Humane Association reports that the 5th of July is the busiest day of the year for shelters. Why? In a 2005 press release, the Indiana Proactive Animal Welfare Inc. stated that shelters were inundated with pets on the 5th of July who were panicked at the noise of firecrackers and fled into the night winding up lost, injured or even killed. Below are some tips to keep your beloved pets safe over this holiday.

1.) 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 will make your beloved pet freak out and desperately seek shelter. Locking them in the car in never an option either. Your pet can suffer brain damage and heat stroke.

2.) Keep your pets indoors
Please don’t leave them outside on the 4th. Keep them indoors preferabley with a radio or TV playing to hide the sounds of the noises. Even if your pet is used to being outside, the resulting panic caused by fireworks may make them break away and jump the fence in an attempt to find safety

3.) Have Your Pet Properly Identified
Make sure your pets have a collar with an ID tag on it with your phone number. If he/she isn’t already microchipped that is another valuable life-saving tool should your pet get out. is not micro-chipped, get them one. In Tucson, Pima Animal Center is offering FREE microchips for your Pets before the 4th. That is a great deal!

4.) Keep Alcoholic Beverages Away From Your Pet
If your pet drinks alcohol, they can become dangerously intoxicated, go into a coma, or in severe cases, die from respiratory failure. Yes, even beer is toxic, fermented hops and ethanol are poisonous to dogs and cats.

5.) Citronella Insect Control Products Harm Pets, Too.
Oils, candles, insect coils and other citronella-based repellants are irritating toxins to pets, according to the ASPCA. The result of inhalation can cause severe respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia and ingestion can harm your pet’s nervous system.

I hope these tips help you take good precautions to protect your pets so you and they can have a safe and happy 4th of July holiday!
Peace, Love & Biscuits,
Gracie