HOW TO KEEP YOUR DOG(S) HAPPY ON 4TH OF JULY
2 July, 2012

The 4th of July is a fun, festive time for all of us!  However, most pet owners, especially those who own dogs, know how stressful it can be for them.  Below are some tips to help you and your dog enjoy the holiday and keep everyone happy and safe.

Fireworks and dogs

Your dog can become easily frightened by the 4th of July fireworks and loud celebrations. Make sure that your pet is wearing a well fitted collar with proper identification & tags just in case your pet becomes scared and runs away from home.

Some dogs don’t mind fireworks, while others are terrified by them.  For the latter group, the 4th of July is filled with the scary sounds of fireworks bursting with light and loud celebrations (think how they react during thunderstorms). So you can imagine how this can cause your dogs to cower, shiver, panic, escape or go on a destructive chewing rampage.  If they react this way, keep them indoors and in a safe place.

Make sure to leave your dog indoors

Leaving your dog indoors (not leashed in the yard) on the 4th of July in a room of the house with a comfy bed, food and water is the safest option.  If your dog is the nervous type, it would be better to have someone stay at home with him or her.  However, if you decide to leave your dog at home, lower the blinds and turn on the television or radio at normal volume to keep your pet company and to block out the noise from the fireworks.  If your dog is crate trained, put him or her in his crate covered with a blanket to make him feel secure.  You should also make sure all doors (doggy doors), windows, and gates are closed and locked securely.

Food and alcohol

If you and your dog are invited to a 4th of July barbeque, remember that alcohol can poison your dogs so NEVER leave your beverage on a table. If you dog accidentally drinks alcohol, he or she could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma.   If this happens, see your Vet immediately.

Make sure that your dog doesn’t eat the grill scraps.  Always remember that human food (bones, onions, avocado, grapes and raisins) should be off limits at all times to your dog. Some food may be toxic or dangerous if ingested and cause stomach upset. So ask your friends and family to refrain from feeding your dog table scraps.

Decorations

Remember that your dog can easily mistake your red, white and blue decorations and glow sticks as chew toys. So, make sure to dog proof your home and keep fun glow sticks out of paws reach.

If you follow these tips, you and your dog should have a fun, relaxing and safe 4th of July.

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