Did you know that
more dogs get lost on July 5 than any other day of the year? Why? Because
although July 4th is known to us humans as a fun holiday, it can be
very scary for your furry friend and many run away. Unlike us, dogs don’t
associate the banks, flashes and pyrotechnics with celebrations.
Understand that a
dog’s hearing is four times better than a humans. And the decibel level of
fireworks is the same as a jet taking off. No wonder your dog is anxious!
Signs may include:
- Dilated pupils
- Not eating
What to do
So what can you do to make your dog less anxious? Here are some tips from the
experts at Bark Busters who have dealt with many anxious dogs.
- If you are going to a fireworks display, leave your dog at home if
possible. He will be more comfortable there.
- Do not leave him in the car.
- Make sure you have current pet identification attached to your dog’s
collar in case he gets out. Talk to your veterinarian about implanting a
universal microchip in your pet.
- Does your dog have a “safe” place in the house? Preferably not near an exterior
- If your dog sleeps in a crate, cover the crate with a blanket and play
some relaxing music.
- Keep your dog away from the front and back doors.
- Keep the windows and curtains closed.
- Consider hiring a pet sitter to stay with your dog while you are away
- Never leave fireworks around pets. Even if they are not lit, some fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as arsenic,
potassium nitrate, and other heavy metals.
- Both lighter fluid and
matches can be harmful to your pets. Matches may contain chlorates that can cause breathing difficulties, damage blood cells
or even cause kidney disease. If exposed to lighter fluid, your pet may sustain
skin irritation on contact, respiratory problems if inhaled, and gastric problems if ingested.
- Oils, candles, insect coils
and other citronella-based repellants are irritating toxins to pets, according
to the ASPCA.
- If you’re having a barbeque,
beer and chocolates are a no, no. Also, onions, coffee, avocado, grapes &
raisins, salt and yeast dough are all
possible hazards for dogs and cats.
The safest place for you and your pet is at home, snuggling on the
couch and watching a movie.