Patton Chapel Animal Clinic will be CLOSED Sunday, July 3rd and Monday, July 4th with no vet or grooming appointments or boarding check-ins or check-outs. 

Fourth of July traditions like fireworks and picnics can be frightening and dangerous for pets. It’s important to take precautions to keep your pets safe before, during and after July 4th festivities.  More pets go missing around July 4th than any other time of year.

July 4th Pet Safety

July 4th Pet Safety Tips – Preparing in advance:

  • Make sure all pets have ID tags with up-to-date information securely attached.
  • If your pets aren’t already microchipped, schedule appointment for microchip insertion. This simple procedure greatly improves your chances of getting your pets back if they become lost.
    • If your pets are microchipped, make sure your contact information in the microchip registry is up-to-date.  Contact your microchip registration agency (ex: we use Home Again but many shelters use 24 Hour Pet Watch) anytime your address or phone numbers change.
  • Take a current photo of all of your pets.
  • If your pet has historically been anxious on this holiday, talk to us about stress-relieving products.  Feliway, Adaptil, Zyklene and other prescription medications can help modify behaviors and calm pets during times of stress.
  • Make sure your home and yard is secure. Evaluate your options and choose the safest area for your animals and make improvements if needed to make the area more secure.

Safety during July 4th celebrations:

  • Leave pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks displays, parades and other gatherings. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places and crowds can be very frightening to pets and risk them from becoming spooked and running away.
  • Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks.
  • If you’re hosting guests – Place notes on exit doors and gates reminding guests to keep closed.
  • Keep your pets inside if you or your neighbors are setting off fireworks.
  • Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewers away from pets and don’t let pets get near your barbecue grill while it is in use or still hot.
  • Avoid the urge to feed your pets table scraps. Be especially careful to keep them away from these common foods that are actually toxic to pets.
  • Remember that too much sun, humidity and heat can be dangerous to pets. Keep them inside when it’s extremely hot/humid; make sure they have access to shady spots and plenty of water; don’t leave them outside for extended periods and know the signs that a pet may be overheating.
  • Never leave your pet in your car when it’s warm outside. Vehicle interiors heat up much faster than the air around them, and even a short time in a locked car can be dangerous to pets.

After the July 4th celebrations:

  • Check your yard for fireworks debris before allowing pets outside to play or relax. Even if you didn’t set off fireworks yourself, debris can make its way into your yard, where curious animals may pick it up to play with or eat. If you hosted guests, check both your yard and home for food scraps or other debris that might be dangerous to pets, such as food skewers.