Five Dog Safety Tips For The 4th
Make sure everyone in your house has a fun Independence Day, including your dog. Fourth of July fireworks, food, drinks – all pose a potential threat to the family dog. Running away, poisoning, or accidents that sometimes lead to death are among the top tragedies of the day.
Posted: July 1, 2013, 6 a.m. EDT
All of us at DogChannel want you and your family to be safe this holiday, so please follow this simple list of safety tips.
- Comfort Zone. Create a space where your dog can be away from all the noise, smells, and lights of firecrackers. Dogs not only have very sensitive hearing that makes loud fireworks unbearable, but the smell of burning wicks, smoke, and sparks makes them nervous. After all, to them, those are signs of fire – a danger. Place your dog’s favorite bed or kennel in the room farthest from the fireworks and turn on a radio or TV to drown out the noise.
- Food. The fireworks are not the only danger to your dog on Independence. Common party foods like alcohol, chocolate, and anything with onions or garlic can be deadly to your pet. Make sure your guests know not to feed your dog from the table. Also beware of skewered food. Skewers can be dangerous to dogs as they can be poked by the sharp edges or choke on the wood pieces.
- ID tags. More pets run away on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. Prevent this by keeping your dogs (and cats) inside as much as possible on that day, and the few days surrounding the holiday. When your dog it out, make sure he has proper identification. If your dog does get lost, be sure to call your local shelter(s) and alert your neighbors as soon as possible. The quicker you start the looking, the more likely you will find your pet.
- Fire Safety. If your dog is fine about being around the excitement of the day, remember to treat him like a child and watch that he doesn’t get to close to the fireworks, matches, lighters, etc. Nothing spells disaster for your dog like picking up a lit firework or ingesting the spent ones.
- Have a plan. Know which emergency vets are open on the holiday and have their address and phone number handy. Also, keep it’s a good idea to have the Pet Poison Helpline number by the phone: 855.213.6680.
Planning to take your dog to the pool or beach this 4th of July? Check out our Dog Pool and Water Safety Tips.
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