Tomorrow is going to be a day of fun, family and fireworks for Americans everywhere. But for Americans with pets, particularly dogs who they take with them on family outings, the 4th of July can also be a day filled with potential danger.
Namely dogs and fireworks.
But a few tips can help keep dogs safe, calm and feeling good.
- By all means, take your dog to a family picnic or barbeque, or even the beach. But make sure you have enough time to take your pet home before you settle down somewhere to watch the fireworks. Dogs can get disoriented, or even get lost in a crowd scene in the dark where everyone is watching the sky. And we’re not even talking about the dogs who are frightened of the fireworks. So either be at someone’s house where you can put your dog inside, or take him home before the real fun begins.
- If you have a nervous and skittish dog when it comes to loud noises like thunder and fireworks, make sure your dog has an area in the house away from windows where he can feel safe. A great idea is to have a radio or stereo or even the TV on, which will counteract the noise from outside, and also offer your pet some familiar sounds.
- If you’re wondering what to do with a super skittish dog, then obviously doors and windows should be closed, and blinds pulled. Favourite toys should be left out, and if you or someone your dog trusts can be there, then all the better. Along with familiar household noises like TV or radio, if you know your dog is one who won’t settle down and will get super frightened, then you might want to get some meds from the vet. But don’t give your pet meds like that unless someone will be there with him.
Basically, have fun tomorrow. But remember, your pet puts his life in your hands, so you should always endeavor to do the very best by him.
Happy 4th of July from the Royal Pet Club team!