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4th of July Safety and Your Pet

As we grow closer to one of America’s most beloved holidays, July 4th, the fireworks displays are in the stores and neighbors may be engaging in a little pre-celebration celebrating. So now is a great time to think about how you will keep your pet safe, especially if they are spooked by fireworks and other loud noises. With fireworks displays planned for all over the city over the course of the week leading up to the 4th of July, you’ll be glad you started took precautions.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, these are some things you need to think about in advance of holiday celebrations:

Prepare

  • All pets, especially cats and dogs, should have identification tags. Even indoor cats can get spooked and bolt through an open door, so better to be safe than sorry. And make sure your contact info is up to date on the tags.
  • Talk with your vet about microchipping, if your pet is not already chipped. If your pet gets out and arrives at a shelter, they will be able to find you and reunite you with your pet through the info on the chip.
  • If your pet is already chipped, call the registry service and make sure that your contact info is up-to-date. Reunification often gets delayed because the registry has outdated phone or address info.
  • Make sure you snap a current photo of all our pets, just as a precaution. Your kitten and puppy photos from five years ago will not do any good in identifying a lost pet.
  • If you have experienced anxiousness or stressful behavior from your pet in the past, then talk to your vet about steps you can take to break the cycle. Some pets may respond to behavior therapy or desensitization. Other pets may benefit from medication to help keep them calm.
  • Consider locking doggie doors, and reinforcing fences. If your neighbors set of fireworks unexpectedly, you want to make sure your pet can’t accidentally break out of your home or yard.

4th of July Safety

If you are planning a party for the 4th, or you plan to attend local fireworks displays, there are a few tips for further protecting your fur-babies.

  • Leave your pets at home. Fireworks are scary, and the combination of noise, unfamiliar surroundings, blinding lights, and others factors can disorient even the most well-behaved pets and cause them to bolt.
  • Keep Fido and Fluffy confined (but maybe separate rooms?) during parties and fireworks displays. The more barriers you can put between your pet and the scary outdoors, the better.
  • Elicit your guests’ help in keeping your pets safe. Ask them to keep an eye on pets, and post reminders near doors to keep them closed and watch for blurs of fur trying to get past them.
  • Keep your pets away from consumer fireworks (sparklers, bottle rockets, etc.) and away from hot BBQ grills. Anything hot can severely injure your pet.
  • Don’t feed your pet table scraps, and discourage your guests from sharing with pets. There are foods that can be toxic to pets, so all the more reason to keep them locked away from the action during a party.
  • If you do choose to have your pets with you during a party, make sure they have plenty of shade, water, and access to indoors. Just as humans can get overheated by heat and humidity, so can your pet.
  • NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET IN THE CAR. Period.
  • Avoid taking your pet out of town during the holiday, if you can help it. The stress of travel, coupled with anxiety from the noise, and an unfamiliar location can be a recipe for disaster. If you do have to take your pet, make sure you know in advance how you will keep them safe during the trip.

After the Party: 

  • Even if you didn’t have a party or shoot off fireworks on your property, debris can find its way into your yard. Spent fireworks can entice a curious pooch, and may be toxic. Food skewers, plastic silverware, and spoiled food can also make your pet sick. So check your yard and around your home before letting Fido out unsupervised.

Pets are family, and we know everyone wants to do what they can to protect their fur-families. We hope you have an enjoyable and safe holiday! When it is time to sell or buy a home, having a local team you can rely on will make the process a smooth one. Call the Realtors® who love where they live and understand the local real estate market. ADMC Realty Group happily serves the communities in and around the Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia areas. From start to finish, we’re here to help with all your Real estate needs. Give us a call at (202)596-8101 or email us at [email protected].

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