Keeping Your Dog Safe on the 4th of July
The 4th of July is always a fun and much anticipated day of the year - summer is in full swing, fireworks light up the sky, s'mores galore, and barbecues as far as the eye can see. But for our 4 legged companions, this day is quite the opposite.
The loud and startling boom from the fireworks is enough to send any dog running and a lost dog is not a happy dog. And not a very happy owner either. So here are a few tips to keep your dog safe during the 4th of July:
Make sure your dog is microchipped and is wearing a tag or collar that has your contact information on it. If your dog does run away at the sight or sound of the fireworks, as least the first person who finds them will know who to contact and your fur baby can return back to you ASAP.
Keep your pup inside. With the beautiful weather, friends and family, and general happy spirit that is all around, it's tempting to bring your dog along to join in the fun. But bringing them outside of your home only increases the chances of losing your pet. Have fun with them the day before or the day after, but on the day where there are loud booms coming from all around, its best to leave them inside. It's cooler inside anyways!
Buy them a new toy and upgrade their bed. The truth is, your dog is going to be DYING to come outside and join the fun. So buy them a new, interactive toy or chew to keep them entertained, and maybe buy them a cozier bed or cover their crate in a blanket so that they feel safe and secure. New stuff and a super comfy bed to sleep in all day sounds like the best day to me, personally.
Watch the table scraps. Many people think, "Hey, i have some bones from my grilled chicken that I was just going to throw out, but my dog loves bones, so why not throw him/her a special treat?" Let me make this very clear to all of you nodding and agreeing with that statement - DO NOT GIVE YOUR DOG COOKED BONES. Cooked bones can splinter very easily and can cause your dog to choke. You're much better off buying a bone that is sold specifically for dogs or giving them a raw, uncooked beef bone (I give them to Ziggy every once in a while and he loves them). Also be cautious of spilled alcohol. Any type of alcohol is poisonous to dogs, so be sure to clean up spills immediately, and don't leave open drinks anywhere the dog might be able to reach.
Keep any insect repellents, like citronella, out of reach. Citronella and other chemicals found in insect repelling sprays and candles can be very harmful to your pet and nobody wants to take a trip to the emergency veterinary clinic on the 4th of July.
What other ways do you keep your pets safe on the 4th of July? Let me know in the comments! I hope you found this helpful and if you did, please share it with a fellow dog mom or dog dad!
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