Our furry family members add so much to our lives and holidays are no exception. Trips, parties and even photo shoots with our pets in festive holiday attire are all ways in which pets can get involved and excited during holiday activities.
During Fourth of July celebrations, pets may find food that wasn’t intended for them, or see unattended open doors to explore, increased automobile and visitor traffic, as well fireworks displays of all sizes. It’s all very exciting, but we owe it to our pets to take some extra care to ensure their safety. The American Red Cross Pet First Aid App puts first aid steps right in your pocket just in case something unforeseen happens.
With ways to tailor your app to your specific pet, you can get step by step guidance for situations like bite wounds and allergic reactions. Also, you can find local veterinary hospitals if you’re on vacation or away from home.
Below are some tips we’ve collected to help you think of ways to make this holiday a safe and enjoyable one for the whole family – including the four-legged variety!
Research before you go to find pet friendly locations like hotels and dog parks
Pack the essentials
Don’t let you pets wander around the car.
NEVER leave pets or children in your vehicle, no matter how short your errand is going to be.
Bring a current photo of your pet in case they go missing.
Bring a pet first aid kit.
Make sure your pet is microchipped just in case collars get lost or slip off.
Always have plenty of fresh water and make sure there are ways for pets to stay cool.
Play white noise at night to distract your pets from strange and new outdoor noises.
Download the American Red Cross Pet First Aid App.
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