With the 4th of July just around the corner and as we begin to prepare for the fun festivities ahead we can’t forget about our furry friends. Many dogs are very afraid of the loud noises associated with fireworks and often most owners are not at home when fireworks are going off. It’s not surprising that more pets go missing on the 4th of July more than any other day of the year. So while getting ready for BBQs and fireworks don’t forget to make sure your pet is safe and secure at home. Here are some great safety tips:
*Take your dog out for a long walk before the festivites begin, this will allow them to go potty before the noise begins and will help tire them out.
*Make sure your pet is wearing an ID collar with your current information. Also snap a current picture of your pet just in case they do go missing.
*Never use fireworks around your dog, While lit fireworks can pose a danger to pets and can result in severe burns and/or trauma, even unused fireworks can be hazardous. Some fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as arsenic, potassium nitrate, and other heavy metals.
*Leave your pets at home in a safe place with the doors and windows secured with the shades drawn, leave on some music or TV to try and drown out the noise of the fireworks.
*There are also some great noise-sensitivity CDs you can start playing at home to get your dogs ready for the potential loud noises.
*If your dog has severe anxiety around loud noises, you might want to consult with your Vet and see if an anti-anxiety medication might be a good idea to use in the week leading up to fireworks. Remember – there may be fireworks going off on other nights in your neighborhood – so be prepared.
*If your dog is invited to the BBQ be mindful of the food and alcoholic beverages sitting out making sure your pet does not have access or that guests are not feeding your pet.
*Do not apply human sunscreen or insect repellent on your pet, you should only use animal safe products. Also keeping them away from any citronella based products.
*Don’t forget – you can always plan to stay at home on the 4th of July to make sure you dogs handle the noise well. They will appreciate you more than you know.