It’s the 4th of July weekend and a celebratory one for us humans. However, in a dog’s life it’s probably one of the most stressful. With lots of people, cars, dogs, fireworks, parades and all sorts of new and exciting noises surrounding us, you can’t blame them for being a bit stressed.
This past week has been a ruff one for the dogs (and their people) in my neighborhood. In two days, three dogs got off their leash and ran free on our busy street. One got hit by a car (and is doing fine now, thank God) and the other two decided to attack my little boy Bloo and in the process I got a big ole dog bite (or two) that is now sporting nice shade of purple. Luckily my leg will heal and all dogs involved are fine.
It’s just a reminder that this time of year can be a stressful one for our pets, it’s a time I like to call, Dogmageddon.
Here are a few tips on how to keep your dog safe and happy this 4th of July
- Avoid Parades – Think twice before you bring your pup to the parade. Usually you’re under the hot sun, surrounded by loads of new smells, new sounds, new experiences. This can be very stressful for a dog. Your dog will be much happier napping at home instead of navigating the world of human parades.
- Avoid Fireworks – Please, please, please, leave your dog at home for the fireworks. This is such a scary sound for a dog. It’s loud and the sudden bang could force your dog into panic and run. If your dog is afraid of thunder, he/she is likely afraid of the sound of fireworks. I find that a Thunder shirt works well this time of year. Your dog will be happier at home where he will feel safe.
- Keep Them on Leashes – Even if your dog is the most well-behaved dog on the planet keep him/her on a leash this time of year. You have no idea what is around the corner and could surprise your dog. Better to be safe than sorry.
- Use Dog Tags – Make sure you have a dog tag and collar on your dog at all times in the event that someone accidentally leaves your door open and your dog gets out. Because of the strange noises such as fireworks, dogs are likely to take off any which way. Help them find their way home.
- Party Alone – Please don’t feed your dog alcoholic beverages at a party. In fact, just leave him/her home if you’re going to a party so no one else does either. This isn’t funny and it could be very dangerous for your dog.
When it comes right down to it, this 4th of July season, just leave your dog at home. I know the weather is nice and it’s tempting to want to have your best friend with you at all times but this is a holiday to be celebrated only by us humans.
Stay safe, keep your dog safe and avoid Dogmageddon by just leaving them at home.
Have a happy 4th of July!