How pets party down

By Connie Orcutt • Published: August 1st, 2017
Category: Animal Airwaves

When pet parents cut loose in the summer, we need to keep one thing in mind. Our idea of celebration is very different from that of our pets.

Noises, blasts of light and the smoky smell of fireworks might get our juices flowing, but they often incite panic in our pets. Some even run off, getting lost, hurt or worse. That’s why July 5th is the most hectic day of the year in many animal shelters.

So, if you plan to celebrate on your terms, leave your furry friend at home. Consider some of your other human habits, too. For example, your insect repellant and sunscreen can be poisonous to your pet. Likewise, glow jewelry, matches and unlit fireworks are full of pet toxins. Even something as seemingly benign as a citronella candle can be toxic to your pet.

Instead, basking safely in the comforts of home can be any pet’s idea of a party.