Three Ways To Keep Your Dog Safe On July 4th

Patriotic dog carrying an American flag

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Independence Day is coming up, and with it, one of the most traumatic holiday celebrations for dogs – fireworks.

Many dogs react poorly to fireworks, but there are steps you can take to prevent harm or loss of your pet.

Make sure all pets are securely tagged and accurately microchipped. If the worst happens and your anxious dog or cat bolts, you’ll be glad you checked that their collars fit snugly and safely, and any contact information is up to date. You can also ask your vet to scan your dog ahead of time to ensure his microchip is still functioning, and has your current address and phone number associated with it.

Provide a safe place for pets to retreat. Needless to say, your dog should stay home from the fireworks display, preferably with a human companion. Your dog’s crate, a closet with a favorite bed or blanket, or other “den” will help your dog feel safe while bombs are bursting in air. It’s a good idea to keep curtains and blinds drawn, and windows and doors closed to minimize visual and audio stimulation.

Keep your dog occupied. A favorite toy, treat, or a frozen Kong stuffed with peanut butter can distract your pup from the cacophony outside.

How do you plan to keep your pets calm during the fireworks? We recently moved to a new neighborhood known for it’s illegal street displays of fireworks, and I’m hoping Jake keeps his cool in the basement!