Incorporating your pup into your 4th of July festivities may seem like a good idea at the time, but we’re here to tell you to resist the urge and to promote a dog-safe 4th of July. Fifty percent of dogs and cats suffer from firework stress. This is due to the fact that pet’s hearing is ten times more sensitive than humans.
Statistically, more dogs are reported missing on the 4th than any other night of the year. With that being said, below are seven tips to ensure a safe holiday for both you and your pup.
1. Double check to ensure your dogs are wearing their ID tags and a properly fitting collar in case of an escape.
2. Take your dog on a long walk or run prior to the start of fireworks to ensure that extra energy is burned off.
3. Keep your dogs inside and stay home with them to provide a sense of comfort and safety.
4. Keep all doors and windows shut to prevent escape attempts.
5. Provide your dog with a safe and quiet spot to relieve firework-induced anxiety.
6. Always keep fireworks far away from your dog. Do NOT set off fireworks anywhere near or around your pets.
7. Distract your dog with a favorite toy or treat in order to prevent firework anxiety.
We hope you find these tips helpful and that you enjoy a happy and safe holiday with your pups!