To us, fireworks are the sparkling embodiment of the birth of our nation. But to dogs, they are truly bombs bursting in air.
The pops and explosions, raucous block parties and other loud noises during the holiday festivities can frighten dogs into leaping over or digging under fences to escape the thunderous blasts, leading them to get lost or injured.
As we prepare for BBQ and fireworks this Fourth of July, take the necessary precautions to keep your pets safe and calm during this Independence Day weekend.
- It is safer to keep your pets at home during Fourth of July celebrations instead of bringing him to your neighbor’s party. Keep your pets in the house, rather than in your yard. He will be a lot happier indoors, and not tempted to leap over a fence to try to find you when the fireworks displays begin.
- Dogs can be startled by the loud noise of fireworks. Once the festivities begin, keep your pet in a safe room where he can feel comfortable. If he is crate trained put him in his crate covered with a blanket to make him feel secure.
- Block outside sights and sounds by lowering the blinds and turning on the television. Play soothing music in the background to counteract the chatter during the “rockets’ red glare.”
- If your pet seems overly anxious, spend some time with your pet, speaking soothingly to help them to relax.
- Avoid scraps from the grill. While tempting to our pets, any sudden change to your pets’ diet can cause stomach upset. In addition, some certain foods like onions, avocado, grapes and raisins can be toxic.
- Human products can be dangerous to animals. Avoid spraying your pet with insect repellent and only use special sunscreen that is intended for animal use. Keep your pets away from matches and lighter fluid. They can be extremely irritating to the stomach, lungs and central nervous system, if ingested.
- Should your dog get scared, escape and run away, help find him with microchip identification.
Collars and tags can fall off so make sure you have permanent ID with a microchip and keep your contact information current with your recovery service provider. For more information about microchipping and other services to protect your pet, contact our hospital at (858) 279-0425.