HOUSTON, TX — Independence Day is one of the most festive holidays on our calendar, and a day where barbecues, fireworks and large family or community get togethers are practically expected.
While it may be fun for most of us humans, it can be the most frightening time of the year for dogs.
In fact, the rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air will likely send your dog into a state of panic, causing them to bolt and look for a place to hide.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recommends pet owners take steps to protect their furry friends from harm and keep them from running off during this time of year.
Some of those steps include:
- Keeping your dog indoors and away from fireworks.
- Keep your pet in an interior room, and turn on some soothing music.
- An anxiety vest or snug fitting tee-shirt on your pet might help them feel safe.
- Anti-anxiety medication prescribed by your vet (if needed).
- Give your pet something to do, such as a toy to play with or a bone.
You can always be prepared, just in case your dog does get loose, by downloading ASPCA Mobile App that provides tips on how to search for a lost pet.
It is also recommended that pet owners take other steps to ensure the good health and safety of their pets on July 4th, such as not giving your pet alcohol.
If your pet is not scared of loud noises, they should still be kept away from fireworks.
According to the ASPCA, fireworks contain a number of chemicals that are highly toxic to dog, and can make them sick or kill them.
It is recommended if you setting of fireworks at home, that you clean the area thoroughly before you let your pets roam.
You can find other nifty pet safety tips here.
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Originally published July 3, 2017.
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