Keeping Your Dogs Safe on July 4th

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:

  • Panting
  • Drooling
  • Hiding
  • 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 wall?
  • 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 from home.
  • 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.

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