Pool parties, beaches, and barbecues are a few things that probably spring to mind when you think of the 4th of July. Dogs, unfortunately, don’t share the same fun ruving views.
Nothing seems to freak them out more than this summer day (although the vet comes in close second). The loud explosions and weird fires in the sky (or “fireworks” in human speak) are enough to send any dog running.
Best Friends Animal Society knows this better than anyone. The organization runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary and is the only national welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs (and cats) in America’s shelters.
The 4th of July is the busiest time for them, as well as shelters across the country. With this in mind, the organization has provided a few tips to avoid any mishaps during your celebration.
1. Keep dogs indoors.
Large crowds and loud noises are sure to frazzle any pup. Keeping dogs indoors can help you keep tabs on them through all the chaos and ensure they stay safe.
2. Allocate a designated doggie room.
Having all your dog’s favorite toys and bedding in one room will help them to feel comfortable. Playing music, or putting on the television, will help drown out some of the celebratory sounds.
3. Keep dogs away from fireworks.
If keeping your dog indoors isn’t a practical option, make sure your dog stays away from any lit fireworks. Dogs are bound to be curious about any sparking objects they come across, and won’t realize how dangerous they are.
4. Make sure your dog’s name tag is up to date.
In case of an emergency, check that the information listed on your dog’s name is tag is accurate and up to date.
5. Consider getting a microchip.
Microchips are a reliable way to find your lost companion. Best of all you won’t have to worry about them falling off or getting lost during your dog’s mischievous adventures.
6. Keep the booze away.
It will be hard enough taking care of that friend who drank too much. Adding in a drunk pooch is recipe for disaster and dog gone crazy!
7. Keep hooman munchies out of paws reach.
Make sure your dog can’t easily access hooman treats like chocolate that could leave them feeling sick.
8. Help your dog relax.
Sometimes, all a scared pup wants is to cuddle with Mom or Dad. Taking the time to pet your dog or talk to them in a softer voice could be the key to helping your dog relax.
In case of an emergency:
If your dog does end up going missing, the organization recommends pawrents check with local animal shelters immediately. Going to shelters in person to identify your missing canine is also more efficient than calling or emailing since this time is so busy for shelters.
Puppy saving specials:
To maximize pup saving efforts, Best Friends Society is hosting a national “Celebration Freedom” adoption campaign at its facilities in LA, Salt Lake City, and through its 1,100 + No More Homeless Pets Network Pawtners across the country. The organization is offering special hours, and adoption fees starting at $25 for July. For more information visit bestfriends.org.
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