Celebrating the Fourth of July means cookouts, fireworks, and parades. These traditions are fun for us but can be scary and even dangerous for our pets. Loud noises and large crowds can be overwhelming and can cause your dog to become startled and want to get as far away as possible. More dogs go missing on Independence Day than any other time of the year. Here are a few simple tips to keep your dog safe and happy this July 4th.
Keep Your Pet at Home
Visiting with family or going to a parade may be fun for you, but it may be too overwhelming for your pet. Many events on the fourth include loud music, kids running around and even fireworks. This can be overwhelming and stressful for a pet. Keep your pet safe at home, with music or a tv on to help drown out some of the loud noise.
Create a safe space in your home for your pet, where they can be comfortable and get away from the festivities to relax. If you’re having guests over and they will be coming in and out of your home, consider putting up a pet gate to keep your pet safe and prevent them from running outside. Let your guests and family know where your dog is, and to help you keep an eye on them to make sure your pet stays tucked safely away inside the house.
Microchip and Leash Your Pet
If you are taking your pet out on the Fourth, always keep your pet on a leash and make sure that their collar or harness fits snuggly so your pet can’t slip out if they’re really scared. Make sure that they are microchipped and your contact information is up to date. If a pet does get away from you, this will be the first thing that a Vet or animal rescue will check and may be the only way they can reconnect you with your best friend.
The Summer Sun is Strong
Keep your pet cool, the July sun, heat and humidity can be dangerous for your pet. Keep them inside or in a shady spot to prevent them from overheating. Just like you, your pet needs plenty of water to keep them hydrated.
Excessive panting, lethargy, shaking or dizziness can all be signs of heat stroke. If you think your dog has become overheated bring them inside immediately and contact your Vet.
Learn More: Protecting Your Pet from Heatstroke
Avoid Fireworks Around Your Pet
Large firework displays typically mean large crowds and loud sounds. This can be overstimulating for a dog, what is loud to the human ear can be deafening to a dog. Even if your dog has been to past firework celebrations and been perfectly fine, you don’t know how they will react this time. When frightened a dog will run faster and jump higher than normal, making catching them even more difficult. It’s always better to be safe, than sorry. This Fourth of July keep your pet safe at home.