July 4th has long been a dreaded holiday in the pet world, and with good reason. With fireworks exploding, fire and gastrointestinal hazards around the barbeque, and sizzling hot weather, your furry friend can encounter many dangers. Turn your July 4th celebration into a party for the entire family with the following tips.
#1: Stay home with your pet during the fireworks show
Fireworks are undoubtedly the worst part of the July 4th holiday for many pets. Skip the backyard display, opt-out of attending your neighborhood show, and spend the evening with your pet instead. Distract them from the loud booms by playing new games, running through old tricks, and creating food puzzles for tasty entertainment. Simply providing comfort and distraction can go a long way toward keeping your pet calm during the fireworks show.
#2: Create a healthy barbecue menu for your pet
Few things cause more drool than a juicy T-bone steak or barbecue chicken leg, and your four-legged friend can lose all good sense and snatch one of these treats off the grill. Turn your pet away from temptation—and pancreatitis and gastrointestinal blockages—by designing a healthy menu for them. Toss an unseasoned, boneless chicken breast on the grill, and pair it with a few fire-roasted veggies, like summer squash, carrots, and broccoli. A small amount of this mixture will make your pet think they’re getting a special treat, while the absence of bones, seasonings, and high-fat ingredients will keep their gastrointestinal system happy.
#3: Keep your pet cool with frozen treats
Rather than sticking your pet in front of the air-conditioning vent all summer long, let them outside to enjoy a messy frozen treat. Freeze kibble and small treats in water or low-sodium chicken broth for your pet to enjoy on your patio. For your indoor kitty, freeze blocks of the juice from tuna or canned cat food for a chilly snack.