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4th of July: Fireworks may make your dog run away!

comfort flagNo animal likes loud noises likes the ones we all love when the 4th of July is here: FIREWORKS! More than 7 million pet owners seek tranquilizers or other help for their traumatized dogs while everyone else is looking forward to the show. Are you one of them? Here are some helpful tips that you can follow instead of drugging your pup.

Since 30 to 60% of lost pets are euthanized because they cannot be properly identified and returned to their owners – and many pets run off after the first bang of fireworks – make sure your pet has an up to date tag on their collar!

Also don’t take then to the fireworks display – it can be disorienting and frightening for them. Leave them at home and secure the perimeter. This means closed doors and windows. Better keep them inside versus outside where the sound is a bit muffled. Provide them a “safe” place like a bed in corner. You can even leave music or the TV on to try to drown out the fireworks sounds as much as possible.

If you do take the dog out with you during the holidays at least keep them on a leash and don’t leave them in the car unattended! Like with children consider the dangers you are putting them in… whether from the heat or to avoid pet theft.

Stay calm and act normal if your pet is still anxious after all this. Go about your normal routine as much as possible. Your dog takes cues from your and your family’s actions.

Keep an eye on the grill. BBQs can make an animal sick so try to avoid them getting scraps and make sure to have plenty of fresh clean water easily accessible for them. Even matches and lighter fluid is bad for them. Making sure they avoid the food also means no booze! Alcohol drinks poison pets. They can become dangerously intoxicated, go into a coma, or in severe cases, die from respiratory failure. Yes, even beer is toxic; fermented hops and ethanol are poisonous