Keep your pets safe this July 4th

Independence Day is right around the corner, which means barbeques, pool parties and of course, fireworks.

“July 4th is a fun-filled holiday, but it can be incredibly stressful and dangerous for pets,” said Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for Nationwide®. “Providing pets with a comfortable place away from the chaos and noise of the celebration can help keep them relaxed and safe.”

Nationwide encourages pet owners to consider these safety precautions to ensure that their furry family members are safe during this year’s celebration:

  1. Set up a safe zone that is comfortable for your pet and will help block out noise. Loud noises from fireworks and other festivities can be stressful and terrifying for pets. If your pet suffers from severe anxiety (trembling or shaking, sudden urination, pacing or frantic chewing), consult your veterinarian before the holiday regarding treatment options.
  2. Leave out extra water bowls to ensure that your pet is hydrated during the day. It’s common for pet owners to forget how quickly their pets can become overheated in the warm summer weather.
  3. Watch out for toxic foods such as table scraps, garlic, onions, bones, candy and products sweetened with Xylitol (such as sugarless gum) that can all cause stomach issues. Also, be sure to keep your pet away from any alcohol that may have spilled.
  4. Never assume your dog knows how to swim. If you are attending a celebration with a pool, do not leave them unattended.
  5. Never leave your pets unattended or tied up in the backyard, and always keep proper identification on them. Fear from fireworks could cause pets to run away.

While preparation and awareness are the keys to a pet-safe celebration, Nationwide® provides protection for holiday related illness or injury for additional peace of mind.