Fourth of July Pet Safety
Fourth of July is just around the corner and fun summer festivities are on everyone’s mind. Sunny days, music, the smell of sunscreen and tasty BBQ on the grill. Your first thought may be to include your furry friend in all this summer fun, but the truth is – the Fourth of July is a scary and dangerous time for most pets. The thundering booms and the bright flashing lights from the fireworks can send even the toughest dog on the block quivering under the bed. Follow these simple pet safety tips to have a fun and accident-free Independence Day!
1. Exercise them earlier in the day.
This way by the time the festivities start, they’re tired out and are more likely to be a little more calm. Built up energy along with the fear, stress and anxiety of fireworks may just lead to destruction. No one wants holes in their walls or carpet. Or to come home to your favorite pair or shoes chewed up… it would be like puppy days all over again.
2. Leave them at home
The safest place for your pets is at home on Fourth of July. Loud noises on top of being in a crowded and unfamiliar place will most likely cause them stress and anxiety. More pets get lost on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. The fireworks send terrified dogs running away in an to attempt to find safety as a “fight or flight” instinct. Don’t let your dog be a statistic, leave them at home.
Turn on the radio or T.V. at a normal volume to help drown out the sound of the fireworks. Leave the lights on and some of their favorite toys or treats around to help keep them be distracted.
3. Do not use fireworks or sparklers around pets.
If you’re setting off your own fireworks in your yard, remember to keep your dog away from the commotion. Aside from the obvious hazard of a curious pup and a lit firework, some fireworks contain potentially hazardous substances such as arsenic, potassium nitrate, and other heavy metals. So be sure to clean up before you let your dog out the next morning.
4. Prepare for the unexpected.
Make sure that your pet is wearing an ID tag with up to date contact information as well as a current photo of them in the event that they become lost. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and the Fourth of July is the one day you want to make sure your pet is wearing their collar and tag. Personally, when Riley’s inside the house I normally take the collar off but we will be sure to be extra cautious by having it on all day.
How do your dogs handle the fireworks on Fourth of July? Do you have any other tips or tricks that may help? Let me know in the comments!