Holidays are always a time to gather with family and friends. Holidays in the summer usually consist of barbeques and outdoor activities. The 4th of July also has the added excitement of colorful fireworks displays. Fireworks may be exciting for humans, but for dogs, they can be terrifying.
We consider our pets family and many times choose to include them in our plans. The 4th of July is a celebration that your pet is better off left at home. Many pet owners are not aware that the 4th of July is the most dangerous Holiday for pets, dogs especially. Did you know that the 5th of July is one of the busiest days for shelters? This is because frightened pets become lost, injured or even killed fleeing from the sound of Fireworks.
Here are a few tips to keep your pets safe this holiday weekend:
Keep your pets indoors
Simply said, they are the safest in your home.
Do NOT take your pets to a Fireworks display
Again, your pet is safest in your home. A Fireworks display is not only loud, but it also contains flashes of light as well. Both are scary for a pet. To add to this, an unfamiliar setting with large crowds is not only scary it can be dangerous. Lastly, do not think leaving your pet in the car is an option. That too is frightening, and as we all know the car during summertime is TOO HOT for them. Yes, even in the evening.
Be sure your pet always has proper Identification
Although you are keeping your pet inside, you never know what can happen. Always be sure they have a collar (or harness) with the proper updated identification. Also, have your pet microchipped and don’t forget to register them! If they do get lost, making sure they can be identified is the first step to getting them returned to you.
Don’t let your pets be around Fireworks, even at home
Your pets will be no more comfortable with Fireworks at home than they would be at a crowded event. An unfortunate recent event has also taught us that the ashes from Fireworks can be deadly as well. Do not let your dogs lick or sniff the ashes. Be sure they are removed promptly.
Enjoy your 4th of July. Remember, your pets will be happy to see you when you return home. They are much safer there than with you at a Fireworks display.