6 Pet Safety Tips That Will Change The Way You Celebrate July 4th
Americans have been celebrating on July 4th since the Declaration of Independence was signed 1776. To humans, the flashes of light and roaring sounds of fireworks represent festivity and merriment. In contrast, dogs don’t understand the thunderous blasts and flaring lights of fireworks, so it makes them panicked and anxious. Above all, it represents danger, lack of pet safety, and quite possibly even the end of their world.
It gets worse…
Many dogs have seriously injured themselves clawing through screen doors, breaking chains, climbing fences, and even jumping through glass doors trying to escape the ‘attack’. As a result, quite a few pups will get lost or end up in shelters. It is up to responsible pet guardians to ensure pet safety during this holiday.
You might be wondering…
How Can I Keep My Pet Safe And Comfortable On July 4th?
Here are 6 tips to get your beloved pup through the eve of Independence Day:
- Make sure your dog is chipped and has proper identification . Most people get their puppy microchipped and forget about it but that is only half the process. The second part is to register your doggie’s identification number online. The shelter that microchipped your pup or your vet can help you find out which company to register with.
- Keep your dog as far away from fireworks as possible–stay with them if possible inside at home.
- Create a safe space for them as they are naturally ‘den’ animals. A crate with a sheet over the top and lots of pillows and toys inside works wonders!
- Turn inside sound up — drown out the sounds of the fireworks with music, fans, doggie TV, etc.
- Tire them out!–Play with them A LOT during the day!
- If your dog has serious stress & anxiety, it might be helpful to speak to your veterinarian about medications available to help keep your dog calm.