4th of July in New York. It doesn’t get any better than the Macy’s fireworks display and barbecuing with friends. But, for your dog the party can be a frightening beyond belief. According to the ASPCA, more pets are lost on July 4th than any other day of the year.
Here are some quick tips to keep everyone safe and sound.
Dogs shouldn’t be outside on this night – plain and simple. A sharp boom of a firecracker can make even the most nonchalant dog bolt right out of your hand. Inside, provide a“safe place” for your dog. If they are already crate-trained, place them in their crates with some favorite chew toys and a blanket. Containing your dogs in a familiar place will help them feel more secure.
If your party has to move inside to take cover from rain, chances are the host and friends will be running back and forth to the barbecue grill. If you are at home with friends, make sure everyone knows to pull the doors shut and ensure that your dog stays inside. It’s easy for a guest to let someone with four legs accidentally slip out. Everyone needs to check, check and double check the doors as they come in and out.
There’s a really simple way too, to help your pets if they should happen to get out. Identification tags! Are your pups tags up-to-date? This is a great time to double check and make sure the proper phone number and information before the big event. If your pet is not already chipped, please consider getting that done as soon as possible.
If you already know that your dog is overly sensitive to loud noises – check with your veterinarian now – there may be a natural non-sedating remedy to help your dog through thunderstorms and the 4th of July.