An English Bulldog puppy waves displays his American spirit. Have a fun and safe Fourth of July with your pet!

With the long holiday weekend almost here, you probably are already planning your picnics, parties, parades and fireworks. For your pets, though, the heat and commotion might not be cause for celebration.

Our friends at the Amercian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA®) have some tips to ensure both pet parents and their dogs and cats can have fun this Fourth of July:

Watch your pet’s diet

The steaks are on the grill, and the chips and guacamole are laid out on the picnic table. As much as your dog may beg, even a taste of people food could cause an upset tummy. In fact, some foods, such as avocados, chocolate, onions and grapes, can be toxic for animals.

Beware summer toxins

Many summertime essentials are pet no-nos. Matches, sunscreen, insect repellent, lighter fluid, glow jewelry, citronella candles and oil products should be used around pets only with careful supervision.

Keep pets away from fireworks

Provide a safe, quiet area for your pets during this weekend’s Independence Day fireworks displays, and never use fireworks around animals. Not only does the noise scare most pets, but mishaps can result in serious burns. Even unlit fireworks can be dangerous to pets because many types contain toxic substances and heavy metals.

While fireworks displays are no fun for pets, other outdoor activities, such as hiking, swimming and picnicking can be fun for the entire family. If you and your pet are outside this weekend, be sure to snap some pictures and send them along! Email us!

Happy Fourth of July!


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