For us, the Fourth can be a great holiday to celebrate with family and friends...the fireworks, the social gatherings, the food. For our pets, the Fourth can be an incredibly stressful time, as well as dangerous...the fireworks, the social gatherings, the food.
Let's start with the fireworks. Did you know that the Fourth of July is among the busiest days for animal shelters around the country? Many animals get scared of the loud noises and run off, many times only to end up in the animal shelter or on the side of the road. If at all possible, keep your pets inside during the festivities of the holiday.
Many people have cookouts on the Fourth. While this can be fun, sometimes people coming and going can allow a dog to sneak out of the house or yard unnoticed until it's too late. Food is also of concern because any kind of cooked bones or typical cookout food can cause tummy issues for our pets.
Keep these things in mind when celebrating the Fourth with your family, friends, and pets.