How to keep your pets safe on July 4? ~ Independence Day – elephant pants

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How to keep your pets safe on July 4? ~ Independence Day

Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776. 

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbeques, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.

On this day, more pets run away than any other day in the year due to the loud noises of fireworks. On July 5th, pet shelters face the busiest day of the year trying to find homes of the pets that end up with them (Let’s not even think about those pets which are not found #awful)


Here are the shocking stats:

  • A shocking 30% increase in the number of lost pets from 4-6 July.
  • 6 million animals are lost each year.
  • Only 26% of pets are returned to their owner.
  • Over 35% of lost pets are euthanized annually.



There are disturbing and alarming numbers. We need to work together to fix these issues.


Here are some easy tips to help keep our pets safe during the Fourth of July.



 1. Ensure your pet gets plenty exercise during the day, before the fireworks begin.
2. Create a calming environment for your pet. (YouTube- calming music for pets)
Provide a safe place for them to retreat like their crate or bed and check on them every few hours.
Give your pet a mild sedative to calm them down. (Must see vet for dosage)
Make sure your pet has a collar and ID tag, or your pet is microchipped. Remember to update the information if you have moved or changed your mobile number.
On this occasion, try and keep your pet indoors and lower/close the blinds/curtains so that they won’t be frightened by the noise and bright lights.
Use the services of a pet sitter if you will be away from home.


You may not have a pet, however someone else’s pet may have run away to your yard or home. Contact a local shelter to assist you with the pet. Due to being afraid, some pets may get vicious, so do not engage any else’s pet immediately. Be patient and judge if the pet is safe to pet or not.

With these tips you are sure to keep your pet safe and sound not only on this day but any time throughout the year, even when you go on holiday. 


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