The 4th of July is a time to celebrate Independence Day and enjoy family, friends and fireworks! However the holiday weekend can also be a scary time for some pets! While some dogs enjoy the people and crowds and do not mind the noises others do not enjoy the festivities as much. The unfamiliar sounds of barbecues, block parties and festivals or the loud bangs and explosions of fireworks can frighten a dog and cause anxiety and stress. Some dogs may jump over or dig under fences, escape from homes and run to escape the noise. More pets go missing on the Fourth of July weekend than any other time. July 5th is the busiest day for the shelter. Here are some tips to help keep your pet safe and calm during the holiday weekend.
Tips for 4th of July, Fireworks & BBQ Safety for your Pet
Make sure your pet has on a collar with an id tag. If your pet has a micro chip be sure the contact information is up to date.
Keep your pet safe and secure at home. Use a crate if your dog is crate trained to ensure their safety. Or keep them in a secure and safe area of the home where they can not flee if frightened.
Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.
Try a noise distraction. Use the tv or music to add a distracting sound.
NEVER leave your dog outside or in the yard unattended during the holiday as they can run off if frightened, especially during fireworks.
Keep your dog on their regular diet. While burgers or hot dogs can seem like a fun treat for your pet, unfamiliar foods can lead to diarrhea and stomach upset for your pet.
Be safe & enjoy the Holiday weekend!
Happy 4th of July from Morristown Animal Hospital!