July 4th Pet Safety

Horn Lake area pet owners – Fourth of July traditions like fireworks and picnics can be scary and hazardous for pets. Take simple precautions to keep your pets safe before, during and after July 4th festivities. More pets go missing on July 4th in Mississippi and Tennessee than any other time of year – don’t let it happen to your family!

July 4th Pet Safety Tips – Before Celebrations:
• Make sure pets have ID tags with up-to-date information securely attached.
• If your pets aren’t microchipped, schedule appointment for microchip insertion. This simple procedure greatly improves your chances of getting your pets back if they become lost.
• If your pets are microchipped, make sure your contact info is up-to-date. Contact your microchip registration agency anytime your address or phone changes.
• Take a current photo of your pets.
• Stress-relieving products such as Feliway, Adaptil and Zylkene and prescription medications can modify behaviors and calm pets.
• Make sure your home and yard are secure. Choose the safest area for your animals and make improvements if needed to make the area more secure.

Pet Safety During July 4th Celebrations:
• Leave pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks displays, parades and other gatherings. Fireworks, unfamiliar places and crowds can be frightening and risk them from becoming spooked and running away.
• Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks.
• If you’re hosting guests – Place notes on doors and gates to keep closed.
• Keep your pets inside if you or your neighbors are setting off fireworks.
• Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewers away from pets and don’t let pets get near your barbecue grill while it is in use or still hot.
• Avoid the urge to feed your pets table scraps. Be careful to keep them away from these common foods that are toxic to pets.
• Remember that too much sun, humidity and heat can be dangerous to pets in Horn Lake. Keep them inside when it’s extremely hot/humid; make sure they have access to shady spots and water and know the signs that a pet may be overheating.
• Never leave your pet in your car when it’s warm outside. Vehicle interiors heat up much faster than the air around them, and even a short time in a locked car can be dangerous to pets.

After July 4th Celebrations:
• Check your yard for fireworks debris. Even if you didn’t set off fireworks yourself, debris can make its way into your yard, where curious pets may pick it up to play with or eat. If you hosted guests, check both your yard and home for food scraps or other debris that might be dangerous to pets, such as food skewers.