4th of July Pet Safety Tips

With the 4th of July right around the corner, it’s time to start planning barbeques, fireworks, parades, and parties. However, when it comes to the celebration, don’t forget Fido!  Many Independence Day activities are dangerous and stressful for our 4-legged friends, so take these tips into consideration this holiday.

Leave Your Pet at Home

Heading to a party, parade, carnival, or fireworks spectacular? It’s best to leave your pet at home. Between the crowds, loud noises, and firework fumes, your pet could not only be at risk for illness or injury, but it exposes them to unnecessary stress. As humans, we understand that fireworks are a cause for celebration, but as a pet, they can be quite scary. In fact, some pets will even try to run away from a fireworks display – and get separated from their owner in the process.

Crate Your Pet

Before leaving to watch the fireworks, it is best to put your dog in its crate. A dog’s crate feels like a safe space, providing them with some solace from the loud and scary noises of firework displays occurring near your home. You can also create a “safe” environment for your pet by closing any blinds and turning on the TV or radio to hide the loud noises associated with fireworks. While crating your pet is an easy solution for keeping them calm during a firework show, you should only crate your pup if they are already crate trained. Do not use this as a trial run, as this will stress them out even more.

Protect Your Pup From the Sun

If you and your 4-legged friend are going to the beach or a barbeque this July 4th, make sure to apply some dog friendly sunscreen. Just like humans, dogs can get sunburned too. But, be sure to consult with a veterinarian about what brand of sunscreen to use as human sunscreen can be harmful to pets.


Of course, the 4th of July includes some yummy food and specialty beverages. Avoid the urge to feed your pets any of the foods that are popular, as they may contain everyday items that are toxic to your pet. Beverages, such as beer and other alcohol, should as not be shared with your four-legged friends as it is very harmful to their health.

Proper ID

If you decide to bring your pet to a firework show or party, make sure they have a complete and up-to-date ID tag on them at all times. If you become separated from your pet during the celebrations, this tip will be extremely helpful in them finding their way back to you. It is also a good idea to have a current photo of your pet on you for easy reference, if necessary.

Fireworks, Sparkers, and Glow Sticks

Keep fireworks, sparklers, and glow sticks far away from your pets as they are toxic and could result in illness or even death if ingested.

Citronella Candles

Keep all “bug” repellant candle products away from your furry friends as the oils can cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.

Have a Plan

If you do become separated from you at a party or event, have a plan in place. Familiarize yourself with local shelters and animal hospitals and have their contact information on hand in case of an emergency.

Here at 4Paws, we hope you have a fun and safe July 4th full of fireworks, good food, and 4-legged friends. With these tips in mind, you can prepare for the celebration and ensure your pet remains healthy and safe, However, in the event of an accident during the festivities, 4Paws will be there to help protect your wallet against the cost of the vet care needed to nurse your furry friend back to health. Get a free quote today at 4pawsins.com.