A recent study revealed that Montana is one of the most patriotic states in the nation, and we’d have to agree! Year round, we appreciate our freedom – and honor those that defend it – but the Fourth of July really takes the cake (or, apple pie a la mode!).
Independence Day is one that is spent with family, friends, and, of course, our special four-legged friend. However, the celebratory mood can evaporate quickly in the case of a pet emergency. Because summer holiday preventative measures are so important, we offer our 2015 version of Fourth of July pet safety tactics.
A Mellow Night
We understand that you don’t want to leave your pet out of the fun, but large-scale events are really no place for him or her. Previous adventures in public can lead a pet owner to erroneously assume that Fido (Fluffy probably isn’t generally ecstatic about leaving the home turf) will be fine in a crowd. But the Fourth of July is a unique holiday, and the crowds and fireworks can easily set a pet off in unpredictable ways.
Instead of risking your pet’s f safety and security, skip the Freedom Night Run this year (remember, glow sticks can cause serious damage to your pet’s health). Missing out on the fireworks show later on at Castle Rock Park may disappoint you, but you can watch it repeatedly after someone posts it. Do your pet a favor and leave him or her at home, or, better yet, watch a movie together on your couch.
Fourth of July Pet Safety
It’s truly frightening that more pets go missing on the Fourth of July than any other holiday. Taking these extra Fourth of July pet safety steps may ensure your pet doesn’t become lost:
Cookouts and Other Potential Dangers
A backyard cookout is nearly synonymous with the Fourth of July, and your pet is at risk in the following ways:
Furthermore, if children are present, supervise interactions closely and remove your pet from the action if overstimulated or tired.
Star-Spangled and Stress-Free
Fourth of July pet safety is a huge concern of ours and hope that your aspirations for a low-key, stress-free holiday are fulfilled. We hope you’ll call us with any questions or concerns. Happy Fourth of July!