By Anthony Donatelli

4th of July this weekend is here and we’re all thinking the same thing: Where are we going to watch the fireworks?

Related: Best Places To Watch Fireworks In Orange County This 4th of July

Well we should also be asking ourselves: Is my dog going to be okay?

Unlike people, dogs are terrified of fireworks. They don’t like the noise, flashes, and burning smell of pyrotechnics with celebrations.

Since pet owners don’t take the proper precautions when it comes to making sure their four legged friend is in a safe place, July 5 ends up being the busiest day of the year for animal shelters.

So lets avoid any issues this year and make sure our pets are safe with these top 10 tips from petMD:

10. Keep your Pet Indoors at All Times!

Fireworks or other loud noises may make your pet break their restraint or jump a fence in a terrified attempt to find safety.

9. Don’t Put Insect Repellant on Your Pet that isn’t Specifically for Pet Use

Or sunscreen for that matter. The ASPCA lists the poisonous effects of sunscreen on your pet as, “…drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy.” DEET, a common insecticide, may cause neurological issues.

8. Alcoholic Drinks Poison Pets

Beer is toxic to dogs. If your pet drinks alcohol, they can become dangerously intoxicated, go into a coma, or in severe cases, die from respiratory failure.

7. Going to a Fireworks Display? Leave Your Pet at Home

The combination of too many people and loud fireworks will make your beloved pet freak out and desperately seek shelter. Leave them at home.

6. Have Your Pet Properly Identified

Consider fitting your pet with ID tags with their name and your phone number before you leave for the celebration. It is also a good idea to have a recent picture of your pets in case you have to put up signs.

5. Keep Your Pet Away from Glow Jewelry

It might look cute, but your pet could chew up and swallow the plastic adornments, which isn’t toxic, but would not be good for your pup.

4. Never Use Fireworks Around Pets

Yes, even unused fireworks can be hazardous. Some fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as arsenic, potassium nitrate, and other heavy metals your dog should not be around.

3. 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. Onions, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough are all possible hazards for dogs and cats.

2. Lighter Fluid and Matches Are Harmful to Pets

If exposed to lighter fluid, your pet may sustain skin irritation on contact, respiratory problems if inhaled, and gastric problems if ingested.

1. Citronella Insect Control Products Harm Pets, Too

Oils, candles, insect coils and other citronella-based repellants are irritating toxins to pets. The result of inhalation can cause severe respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia, and ingestion can harm your pet’s nervous system.

We all love our furry friends, but lets please make sure they’re as comfortable as possible this weekend. Find a safe, secure spot in the home for your pets while you go out and enjoy the loud bangs and bright lights. Have a happy and safe 4th of July!



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