Fourth of July pet hazards
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Independence Day celebrations are fun for people, but they have the potential to be dangerous for pets. By planning ahead with your pet’s comfort and safety in mind, you can be sure to have a fun and safe holiday.


While it may be tempting to bring your pet with you to outdoor celebrations, they would much prefer to stay in a cool, quiet home than be outside in the hot July sun or near fireworks. Additionally, Independence Day celebrations are riddled with items that are hazardous to your pet’s health. To keep your pet safe, make certain they are kept away from the following items:

  • Glow Sticks – Glowing sticks, bracelets and headbands are a fun addition to July Fourth celebrations, but they do pose a choking hazard to pets.
  • Alcohol – Alcohol is highly toxic to animals, and even the smallest amount of any alcoholic drink is a danger to your pet.
  • Food Scraps – Human food is unhealthy for pets and could make them sick. As such, you should not allow your pet to have any chips, dips, hamburgers, hot dogs or any other type of human food.
  • Insect Repellent and Bug Spray – Keeping bugs, especially mosquitos, away is important for all outdoor celebrations. However, insect repellents and bug sprays for humans can be harmful to pets when applied topically or ingested. It’s best to stick with veterinarian-prescribed pest repellents for your pet.
  • Lighter Fluid and Matches – All flammable substances are highly dangerous for pets. Keeping your pet away from these items will protect them from serious injury.

If fireworks will be lighting up the night sky in your neighborhood, take these five precautions to keep your pet comfortable and safe:

  1. Make sure your pet is microchipped in case they get loose.
  2. Spend time soothing your pet if they seem anxious.
  3. Turn on the TV or play relaxing music—there are plenty of pet playlists out there
  4. Cover your windows (i.e., close the blinds, draw the curtains and close the shutters).
  5. Put a blanket over your pet’s crate to create a safe haven for them.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health and wellness, Sunset Animal Hospital is always open and available to help. Just call us at 1-800-700-VETS, or come straight to our facility if you encounter a pet emergency. We’re open 24/7/365!

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