The Fourth of July is one of the biggest events of the year. With picnics, parades, and family gatherings to choose from, where does that leave a four-legged friend? Sure, you might have a well-behaved, highly sociable pet who enjoys any combination of crowds, loud music, and fireworks. Or, perhaps your pet stresses easily by the disruption to routine, heat, and strangers.

Either way, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have some tips to prepare you for Independence Day and pet safety.


Fireworks are very unsettling for the sensitive ears of most animals. The common result is a pet who runs away in fear. Mitigate this possibility by creating a comfort zone:

  • Keep your pet in his or her crate or in a quiet room with closed windows
  • Turn on soft music
  • Provide fresh, clean water

Your pet looks to you for guidance and helpful cues on how to react and behave. Stay calm and reward your pet when he or she follows suit.

Daring Escapes

Microchipping your pet is great insurance against separation. Please update any changes to contact information with the chip’s manufacturer, and let The Pet Experts know if you have any questions.

A clear identification tag is necessary as well. Make sure it is securely affixed to your pet’s collar (and consider a reflective one for nighttime safety).

The Party Is On

Family gatherings and neighborhood block parties are fun for us, but they can provide endless risks to your pet. Be on the lookout for:

  • Alcoholic drinks left out or spilled
  • Sparklers, glow sticks, glow jewelry, lighter fluid, and matches
  • Spent fireworks that litter the ground
  • Insect repellent (especially DEET products) and sunscreen
  • Fatty food scraps
  • Bamboo or metal skewers
  • Chocolate, Xylitol, raisins/grapes, macadamia nuts

If there is any threat to your pet’s safety, consider leaving him or her at home where you know it is safe, cool, and comfortable.

Independence Day and Pet Safety

A significant component to Independence Day and pet safety is to keep your pet cool. Temperatures and humidity levels can soar in July, risking your pet’s health and wellness. Always provide access to shade, cool water, and fans or air conditioning, and monitor exertion.

Pets sweat through their paw pads, but not enough to effectively regulate internal body temperature. Panting is their primary method of cooling down. However, keep an eye on the duration and rapidity of panting, since this can indication discomfort or heat stress.

Stay Regular

Your pet depends on his or her routine, even if he or she appears relaxed about any disruptions. Stay true to regular meal times, play sessions, and exercise opportunities. Lastly, be extra careful that your pet doesn’t pick up any discarded food while at a party or public event.

A Final Consideration

If you plan on being away from home, we offer full service boarding at The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center. With dog suites and kitty condos, we take pride in caring for Naperville’s beloved pets.

Have a Safe Holiday!

The Pet Experts wish you and your pet a happy and safe Fourth of July. With our Independence Day and pet safety guidelines, we are almost certain your pet will remain healthy and relaxed – with you, at home, or at our boarding facility.