5 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe on the 4th of July

4th of July is such a fun holiday with grilling, revelry, and, of course, the fireworks, but for your pets, fireworks and crowds can be terrifying.  Sometimes they get so scared by the strange noises they start running, July 5th is the busiest day for animal shelters trying to home lost pets. Taking steps to keep your pets safe on this holiday is very important.

Here is what you can do to have the best holiday possible for you and your companions.

1.  Do not buy any fireworks.  There are plenty of ways to have fun with your friends and family that don’t include explosives.  Not only could you injure you or your furry friend but they are illegal to possess or light in Fort Collins. If you are using small fireworks like sparklers, just lock up your pets in a safe place before using them.

2.  Do not feed your pets any food from the BBQ
, especially, ribs on the bone, chicken wings, hot dogs, or chips and guacamole.  All of these foods can cause serious gastrointestinal problems. Make sure your pets don’t get too close to that HOT grill and burn their piggies on a loose piece of charcoal or ash.

3. Give your pets a break. If you are having a party and they seem anxious with so many people on their turf, put them in a room with their toys and bed and check on them periodically.  This way they have a safe place to retreat.

4.  If your pet is microchipped, be sure it is current.  Also make sure your pet is wearing their collar, city license, and rabies tags.  This way if your pet gets lost, for any reason, the Larimer County Humane Society can contact you when they are found.

5.  Leave your pet at home. If you are going to City Park (or anywhere else) to watch the fireworks be a good judge of whether your pet can handle this much interaction with other pets, people, and strange noises.  If you think this might distress your pet at all we suggest leaving them inside with the blinds drawn, drapes closed to muffle noise, and maybe the radio, TV, or A/C for extra white noise to keep them distracted and calm. Making sure to keep your pets safe will ensure that you have a safe and fun 4th of July as well!
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