4th of July With Pets: Your Survival Guide

4th of July With Pets

There are many reasons to celebrate summer, including the 4th of July. However, owners must ensure their pet's holiday is pleasant and safe. Keep an eye out for the following hazards and 4th of July pet ideas to keep the holiday happy. Talk to your veterinarian at Ambassador Animal Hospital in Columbia, SC, for medical care.  

Pet Holiday Hazards 

Several situations in summer can pose risks for your pets, and the holiday is full of hazards. For example, the food and decorations could cause curious pets to choke or promote gastrointestinal distress. Here are some other things to be watchful of during hot summer celebrations with pets: 

  • Dehydration 
  • Sunburn 
  • Insects
  • Choking hazards
  • Toxic foods

Perhaps the most common hazard this time of year is fireworks. Did you know that Americans spend around $1 billion on fireworks each 4th of July, which widely creates enormous risks for pets? Fireworks are dangerous and should be handled with care. Keep reading to find out how to protect your pet.  

4th of July Pet Ideas 

The sound of fireworks hurts pets’ ears, and there is always a potential fire danger. When pets hear fireworks, they are often inclined to flee, putting them at risk of being lost, hit by a car, or injured. Keep pets inside and secure during fireworks or other gatherings that could be chaotic or distressing to a pet. Help your pet by providing: 

  • Familiar Spaces 
  • Distractions 
  • White Noise 
  • Extra personal attention 

These simple solutions can help your pet cope with frightening fireworks this holiday season.  

Use These Tips and Call Your Veterinarian for Any Concerns

Pet owners must be aware of some hazards related to the 4th of July holiday. If you have a holiday emergency, contact your veterinarian at Ambassador Animal Hospital in Columbia, SC, or seek veterinary medical attention. Contact us today by calling (803) 787-3840.


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