Posted Jul 3, 2018 in Health & Safety
July Fourth is one of our favorite days of the year. What better way to celebrate the birth of our nation than with barbeques, family time, and of course, fireworks! But while we enjoy the bright bursts and loud booms of firework shows, our dogs may cower in terror or attempt to flee the loud noises. In fact, the American Humane Association reports that July 5 is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters because pets run away in fear of firecrackers and end up lost, injured, or killed. To fully enjoy your holiday and keep your pet safe, check out our safety tips for the Fourth of July!
Your pet could easily become overwhelmed by densely crowded areas of people watching fireworks. Combine that with the loud noises of fireworks, and your dog could panic and seek immediate shelter. Though it may seem counterintuitive, leaving your dog at home is the best way to keep them safe and secure.
Your pet may panic due to the loud noises surrounding the Fourth of July, so even if they are used to being outside, keep them inside. This will prevent them from jumping over a fence or running away in an attempt to find safety.
If your pet somehow does become lost, without proper identification it could be very difficult to track them down. Make sure your dog has an ID tag with their name and your phone number. Consider using microchip identification for an even more reliable way to find your dog if they flee.
Dogs are inherently curious, so if a firework is near them, they are likely to investigate. Fireworks are extremely dangerous and can result in severe burns and trauma. They also contain chemicals that could be toxic for dogs.
Although the holiday might be a “cheat day” for your diet, remember that your dog can’t consume the same foods and drinks that you can. Beer and chocolate are obviously big no-no’s for your dog, but other foods like onions and grapes can also be hazardous.
We love spending holidays with our pets, but the best way for them to enjoy the Fourth of July is from your home! Find a safe and quiet spot for them to relax while you take in all of the bright lights and loud noises.
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