Fourth of July and fireworks…like Fred and Barney, peanut butter and jelly and a freshly bathed dog rolling in the dirt – its a sure thing. For people, a good fireworks display is always entertaining and if your a kid its just a little bit magical. But for dogs, most dogs..not so much. The ASPCA posted a fantastic article recently, Fourth of July Safety Tips that includes some very helpful tips for keeping your pet safe and healthy this Fourth of July.
They include this gem:
Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.
Fireworks are for people, not for animals.
This year July 4th falls on a Wednesday. The potential for fireworks is the weekend before, the day/night of and the weekend after. Broaden your awareness. Are your typically quiet neighbors having July 4th barbecue?
(Hmmm….guess the mailman lost your invite.)
Take extra special care if you are on vacation or visiting a place that is unfamiliar to you and your dog. Be aware of what is going on in adjacent areas. Even if you don’t have fireworks, your neighbors may. Don’t leave dogs unattended in an unsecure or semi-secure yard. In an unfamiliar setting, if frightened, a dog may act unpredicatably like jumping a fence or pushing through a gate.
Hoping everyone has a safe and wonderful Fourth of July