Independence Day is a few days away, so that means BBQs, lawn chairs, and a few cold ones.
It also means fireworks and this is where the festivities tend to take a negative turn for a lot of our four-legged friends.
More pets go missing on Fourth of July than any other day of the year.
In addition, the APCC (Animal Poison Control Center) always sees a spike in calls when pets get themselves into trouble eating fireworks or even more innocently, when we share some scraps off the grill with them unknowingly giving them foods that aren’t safe for dogs.
There are steps you can take to help your dog get through this holiday a little easier.
This town in Italy has taken some very forward thinking steps to help be respectful to it’s resident animals…The local government has created a law that the town is only permitted to use silent fireworks, helping reduce the stress that it causes not only to pets, but wildlife in the area.
Ok, but more seriously…
Some folks take this time to get out of town! Pitching a tent and enjoying nature’s light show instead is a great idea and one that both you and your dog can enjoy stress free.
If you do plan on sticking around, it’s wise to be prepared.
Is your dog that kid that eats paste at school? It’s ok, some dogs love tasting new and unusual things, so it’s our job to make sure that they don’t eat anything that could be harmful.
The biggest concern for most dog owners during this holiday are the fireworks, but more specifically the reaction their dogs have to fireworks. A lot of dogs experience a great deal of stress with fireworks. Fortunately, there’s a lot we can do to prepare before, during and after the festivities to help our dogs out.
If your dog is joining you outside for any part of the festivities…
Best practice is to leave your four-legged friend at home for this one. Even the most confident dog can have a moment of panic and react by running.
For very nervous dogs, you might want to medicate your dog to help them get through the evening. If this is the case, we suggest that you talk with your vet about your options in advance.
After the celebrations it’s a good idea to check your yard or anywhere your dog has access to for debris that could be dangerous. Even if you didn’t set off fireworks, nearby debris could make it’s way onto your property. If you had guests, this could also be food scraps or other items that could be dangerous, such as food skewers.
No matter how you spend your holiday weekend, we hope you all have a safe and happy 4th of July!
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