While fireworks and food are a major part of Independence Day festivities, they may not be much fun for your dog. With all of the loud noises and disruption in his routine, your four-legged friend could end up getting sick – or worse, lost. To help keep this Fourth of July happy and safe for your dog, the American Kennel Club offers the following tips.
Identification: According to the AKC Reunite pet recovery service, the Fourth of July is one of the most active times of year for pet recovery because dogs tend to get scared at the sound of fireworks and run away. Identification is extremely important in case your dog gets loose. Make sure to keep collar ID tag contact information up-to-date, have permanent ID with a microchip should his collar fall off and always alert your pet recovery service to any changes in contact information so they can find you when your dog is recovered.
Loud noises: Fireworks may be pretty, but they are very loud and the noise can scare your dog. Once the displays get started, keep your dog in a room where he is comfortable. Keep your shades closed and try turning on the television to block the outside sights and sounds for your dog.
Leave your dog at home: Your dog is safer at home than at a Fourth of July party, even one that is dog-friendly. Keep him indoors rather than outside so he won’t be tempted to leap over the fence to try and find you.
Human food is for humans: Don’t feed your dog scraps off of the grill. Barbecue food might be tempting to your dog, but can really upset his stomach.
For more safety tips, visit the AKC at www.akc.org and www.woofipedia.com. © American Kennel Club