Keeping our pets safe during the summer months means watching out for hazards like toxic herbicides on the grass, knowing the signs of heat stroke, avoiding discarded chicken bones from barbecues and protecting lost dogs fleeing from fireworks.
With summer concerts and festivals in full swing, please remember your four-legged family members. Celebrating July 4th with family and friends is a wonderful tradition and holiday, however in the excitement of your first sparkler, don't forget your dog.
Fireworks Fun and Four-Legged Family
Whether you celebrate with a big backyard party, have a few people over to your apartment, or take your family to the lake house, here are seven ways you can help keep your dogs safe:
- Have a quiet area indoors, where your pet can feel sheltered and safe.
- Skip taking your pet outdoors or to the fireworks display.
- Make sure your pet is microchipped & has ID tags on just in case they get away from you or the house (check to make sure your contact information is up to date!).
- Never leave your dog outside even if they are not unattended or you have a high fence, a frightened dog can do incredible "how did they do that" things to flee anything that scares them.
- If people come over with kids, don't let small children put sparklers or any objects near your dog.
- Don't leave your pet alone in your car thinking it will be safer for them there, trust us, it won't.
- If the party is at your house, consider setting your pet up with their bed in a dark room, with either the dryer running or soothing music to cover the loud noises.
What did we miss? How do you watch out for your dogs while celebrating the 4th of July?