Celebrating Safely: Pet Safety Tips for the 4th of July

Dr. Christine Deeke, DVM
Partner Veterinarian CityVet Frisco

The 4th of July is a time for celebration, fireworks, and fun. While enjoying the festivities, it’s crucial to ensure that your pets are safe and comfortable. At CityVet, we want to help you prepare for a stress-free holiday with your furry friends. Here are four essential tips to keep your pets safe this Independence Day.

1. Ensure your pet can be identified

The noise and excitement of fireworks can startle pets, causing them to run away in fear. To increase the chances of your pet being returned if they get lost:

  • Ensure your pet wears a collar with up-to-date identification tags.
  • Consider microchipping your pet if you haven’t already, as it’s one of the most reliable ways to help a lost pet return home safely.

2. Provide a Safe Space

Fireworks and loud celebrations can be terrifying for pets. To help ease their anxiety:

  • Set up a quiet, comfortable space in a room that’s away from the noise where your pet can feel secure.
  • Close windows and curtains to muffle the sounds and keep the room darkened.
  • Play soothing music or white noise to help cover up the sounds of the fireworks.

3. Avoid Bones and BBQ

While it’s tempting to share your holiday treats with your pet, many common foods from barbecues can be harmful:

  • Avoid giving your dog any cooked bones or corn on the cob, as these can cause choking or intestinal blockages.
  • Foods containing onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, and chocolate should be kept out of reach since they are toxic to pets.

4. Prevent Overheating

The July heat can be intense, and overheating can be a serious risk:

  • Always provide plenty of fresh, cool water for your pet.
  • Make sure your pet has access to a shady spot when outside, and never leave your pet in a car unattended.

Consider setting up a cooling mat or a kiddie pool for your pet to relax in if they enjoy water.


If you have concerns about keeping your pet safe this 4th of July or want more tips tailored to your pet’s specific needs, visit your nearest CityVet.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit CityVet. Have a fun and safe 4th of July, and remember, we’re here to help keep all members of your family, including the four-legged ones, safe and happy!