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Thursday, July 3, 2014

4th of July Safety Tips for Dogs

While humans may love fireworks, most dogs do not. In fact, most dogs are terrified of fireworks and the loud noises associated with them.  Given this fact, it's no surprise that more dogs go missing on 4th of July than any other day of the year.  Here are some tips on how to keep your dog safe this 4th of July.

Photo courtesy of Bat Pig and Me.

1. Wear collar with current tags.
The dog's collar should to be fitted securely so that it cannot slip over their heads.  Updating pet tags is very easy.  We updated our tags at a pet i.d tag machine at our local grocery store.  It was fast and affordable.  Just put it on your list of things to get while you're out shopping for 4th of July goodies.

2. Take current pictures of your dog.
You want to make sure you have a current picture of your dog just in case the dogs gets away.  Snap a few pictures with your phone and make sure they are clear.  If you're having trouble get a friend or neighbor to help you get a good picture of your dog.

3. A tired dog is a calm dog.
Taking your dog for a walk or having an extended play session earlier in the day can really help calm their nerves.  If you wear your dog out during the day, they will tend to be more relaxed when all the activity starts later on.

4. Keep the dogs secure at home.
While you may think it's a good idea to take your dog out to a 4th of July celebration, the dog will likely be happier at home.  Keep the dog indoors and have some soothing music on to help drown out loud noises.  If you'll be gone all day, have a friend or relative stay with the dog, or at least stop by and check on them.

5. Use pad locks on fence gates.
Be sure to place a lock that cannot be removed on all fence gates.  If you're having a big backyard bash, people might go through your gates.  If the gate is accidentally left open, your dog can dart out if they become scared.

6. Avoid accidents with fireworks.
Even sparklers can be dangerous to pets.  Whether lit or unlit, dogs should be watched and kept away from all fireworks including sparklers.  An eye injury is very painful and costly, and a sparkler might look like a fun toy to a curious dog.

Have fun this 4th of July and be safe!

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