We all love the 4th of July. It gives us the chance to embrace our most pawtriotic selves, get together with family and friends for cook outs, and gorge on s’mores. But to dogs, all of this fun can be frightening. Fireworks may be beautiful and fun for many of us, but they can be terrifying experiences for your pets. We’ve put together five recommendations on how you can keep your pup safe this July.
1. Ensure that your dog has an up-to-date ID tag on their collar and is microchipped.
Every year hundreds of scared dogs escape from their owners after being frightened by firecrackers and fireworks. If a dog has an ID tag with current contact information or is microchipped, they can be more easily reunited with their owners.
2. Make sure your dog feels safe.
If you know your dog is scared of loud noises, do not bring them to a fireworks display. It’s best to leave them at home in a safe place. Consider leaving soft music or a calm TV channel playing to cover the loud noises outside.
3. Know where your dog is at all times.
If you are attending a bbq or another outing where there will be a grill, fire pit, or fireworks, keep your dog in sight or on a leash at all times. Unattended, loose pets can inadvertently be injured by open flames or fireworks.
4. Watch what food your dog may be eating.
Many dishes served at a bbq may contain foods that can be harmful for dogs. Be especially vigilant if there is alcohol being served, and make sure that your pup does not indulge in any treats containing onions, grapes, or chocolate, as these are particularly toxic to dogs. If you suspect your dog has ingested something toxic, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. More information can be found at: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/people-foods-avoid-feeding-your-pets
5. Make sure you have a recent photo of your dog. Owners should ensure that they have a recent photo of their dog in case of any emergencies. Be sure to send a copy of the photo to local shelters as soon as possible if your pup gets loose. The photo should be a clear picture that shows the dog’s face and any distinguishing characteristics.
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