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Keeping Your Pets Safe on 4th of July
Pet Care & Health

Keeping Your Pets Safe on 4th of July

by MetLife Pet Insurance
4 years ago

The Fourth of July is an exciting day filled with parties, food, and fireworks. It’s also a day many dogs are reported lost and missing.

To help make sure that your dogs and cats do not get out and get lost, we have a few tips you can consider to help make sure they stay safe, sound, and protected in your home during the festivities.

Update Pet ID Tag, Collar, and Microchip

Before heading out to celebrate the holiday weekend, check to make sure that all of your pets have updated information on both their microchip and ID tags. This will help get your furry friend back to you quickly if someone finds your lost or wandering pet.

Also be sure to check that all collars are secure and can remain secure around your dog or cats neck. Securing your pets collars is one way to help make sure they have a way to be found and returned if they were to get out.

You can even get prepared one step further with a pet GPS tracker. Pet Life Today has a list prepared with various options of GPS trackers. You can research online and find a GPS tracker that best fits your needs. To keep your pet safe, consider using a pet GPS tracker in addition to a microchip.

Keep Your Pet Inside

Scared pets can find ways to escape fences and leashes. This is why it’s important to consider your pets personality, likes, and dislikes and to discuss whether or not you should leave your furry friend safely at home while going out to celebrate the 4th of July.

It’s also important to not leave pets unattended outside during celebrations as they may get scared, hurt, and/or escape in fear. 

You could also consider bringing your dog inside during the evening fireworks. Whether or not it the first time they are experiencing fireworks, the safest place for your pet at this time is inside and away from the noise. Try to find a place away from windows and find some alternative noise like music or the television as a distraction.

Consult Your Vet

If your pet has been known to get worked up over fireworks in the past or is easily stressed over loud noises, it is a good idea to speak with your veterinarian in advance. There are several treatments that can be prescribed beforehand to help ease their fears, especially if their anxiety causes severe shaking and/or odd behavior.

Keeping your pets inside during the 4th of July holiday will help keep them happy and safe. If you can, prepare in advance to help ease their anxiety and fears during the loud celebrations. And don’t forget, if you do find a pet on your doorstep or backyard without a tag, take them to your nearest shelter to help them find their home.

Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.


1Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”) is the insurance carrier for this product. IAIC, a Delaware insurance company, is headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC to offer and administer pet insurance policies. This entity was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an assumed name and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other assumed names or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions. 

2Provided all terms of the policy are met. Like most insurance policies, insurance policies issued by IAIC contain certain exclusions, exceptions, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force. For costs, complete details of coverage and exclusions, and a listing of approved states, please contact MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC.

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