Pet Safety: Fourth of July

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Check out these simple tips this Fourth of July holiday to help keep your pets safe and happy!


🔴 The safest place for your pet is at home.

While it’s tempting to bring your furry best friend with you to parties and crowded celebrations, home is the best place for them to be during the holiday. Fireworks and large crowds can be loud and startling, and can easily stress pets or make them bolt.


At home, gates and fences should be checked and secured, and it’s best to supervise your pet while outside if fireworks are going off.


🔵 Always remember your pet’s identification.
Next week is the busiest intake week of the year for shelters across the country, and it’s because fireworks scare animals. While trying to escape the loud noises, many pets unintentionally escape their houses or yards. Having proper tags on will help whoever (hopefully) finds your pet to contact you ASAP and reunite your family. If your pet is microchipped, it’s important to ensure the contact information on the chip is up-to-date as well.


Lost and found pets should be reported to Lexington-Fayette Animal Care & Control via 859-255-9033. They offer microchipping services + registration for only $25+tax during normal business hours.


🔴 Keep potential hazards out of reach from your pet.

Alcohol, matches, charcoal, fireworks, citronella products, and lighter fluid are all toxic to animals, so make sure to keep these items properly stored. Common cookout food and snacks that can be toxic to pets include onions, grapes, avocado, garlic, and chocolate.


If you believe that your pet may have been exposed to or ingested something toxic, please contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 immediately.


🔵 Learn the warning signs for heat stroke.

Always make sure your pet has adequate access to water and shade while outside. Animals should never be left in a hot car, regardless if the windows are cracked. Signs of heat stroke include excessive panting or drooling, muscle tremors, and unconsciousness. Certain dog breeds including Pugs and French Bulldogs, and senior pets, are at higher risk. Contact your veterinarian or emergency veterinary facility immediately if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke.


Following these helpful tips can ensure you and your furry family are safe, healthy, and happy this Fourth of July. We hope everyone has a fun holiday!

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