The 4th of July is nearly upon us, and with it comes a lot of anxiety and stress for many of our beloved pets. As much as we humans enjoy our backyard barbecues, pool parties, and fireworks, July 4th offers a risk of danger in the minds of our canine and feline friends, especially in the case of fireworks.

It may surprise you to hear that July 5th is the single most busy day for animal shelters around the country. This is due to the large number of pets that bolt to escape the perceived dangers of fireworks in particular. Long after the fireworks have ceased, many pets are lost and can’t find their way home.

So how can we best ensure that our pets are safe on Independence Day? Luckily, we have a few July 4th pet safety tips you can implement into the holiday to soothe the anxieties of your pet!

Don’t Panic

Fireworks can be a particularly scary experience for even small children, so imagine how frightening they must be to pets! It’s essential to secure your pet indoors in a quiet and isolated room. You can even put on a TV show or a soothing video to relax your pet’s nerves when the fireworks get started. There are a plethora of videos online specifically made to soothe cats, for example!

Take a Chill Pill

Some pets need a little extra help dealing with their July 4th anxieties. You may want to talk to your veterinarian to see if there are any pet products or medications that you can use to give your pet that little extra dose of relaxation.

Party Animal

As fun as July 4th barbeques and celebrations are for us, they can pose some serious dangers to our pets. Although it may seem common sense, certain foods and alcohol can pose serious health threats to our animals. Make sure that these items are well out of the reach of your pet!

Stay Cool

As one of the hottest months of the year, July’s temperatures can pose serious health concerns to your pet. You may be a little too busy with your July 4th festivities to notice if your pet is becoming overheated and when it comes to pet dehydration, for example, time is of the essence.

Make sure your pet is secured in a cool room with an ample supply of food and water. If you decide to keep your pet outdoors with you for the pool party, make sure to look out for these telltale signs of pet dehydration:

  • Panting
  • Sunken, dry-looking eyes
  • Dry nose
  • Dry gums
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting with or without diarrhea
  • Reduced energy levels


With more pets getting lost on July 4th than any other day of the year, it’s very fortunate that most of the nation’s animal shelters now microchip pets. If your pet is a rescue, they should already have their microchip. With a chip, you can track down your pet’s location when lost and your pet can be returned to you if found. This can save a lot of time in a situation like a missing pet when time is of the essence. Be sure to book an appointment with New Hope Animal Hospital if you are in the Cedar Park area and still need to microchip your pet.

Hopefully, with these tips in mind, your pet stays safe this Fourth of July. But if your pet does get mixed up in something bad or eats something weird, contact us right away at New Hope Animal Hospital and we’ll get you and your animal friend taken care of. Happy Fourth of July!