Monday, June 23, 2014

Dogs and July 4th

The fourth of July may be lots of fun for you and your friends, but not for your pets. Your pet can be harmed or even killed by the things you love best about this Holiday. Most dogs, are in danger of the fireworks, and other aspects of a party. Leaving beer around can lore a dog for a sneak drink. The dog can also be frightened by large crowds, especially if taken to a parade.

You know this time of year fireworks are inevitable, and dogs trying to find recluse can even run away from the home. Its important to pay close attention to their reactions, and especially do not crate during loud noises. Doing that makes a dog very insecure, and trapped.

Take this time of year to ensure your pets information is up to date in case they escape. Do this by getting a tag or even microchip with all the information needed. If your dog wears a collar make sure it fits securely and comfortably. This helps if the dog runs and you or someone try's to grab the collar and it doesn't slip off. A microchip can be scanned if your dog is found and taken to the vet. Plan your party carefully. 

Know the do's and the don'ts. Glow sticks can are very toxic for dogs, and look to them like colorful chew toys. Beer and food left lying around can be toxic as well. It will do best to decide on a place where your dog can stay by you, if your having a party in your yard. Maybe even consider keeping him on a leash so he is by your side. You can also choose to contain him to a room with a baby gate. If your dog gets extremely stressed by the Fourth of July activities maybe you can even move him to a location like a friends or family members house that is not as active. If you are leaving the dog inside you may also want to make sure all windows and doors are closed, this will muffle the sounds. Leave a TV or radio on to sooth the pet. Also this may be a good time to ask your guests and their children to just leave the dog alone on this day. A anxious dog can react unlike their usual self. 

Going to the parade, try introducing your dog to it slowly. Let the dog adjust to the sight, smells and noise as you get closer. Keep the pet under control at the parade also, you don't want your pet to upset other animals in the parade, or scare others watching.

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