How to protect your dog this Fourth of July!

July 3, 2017 11:58 am Last Updated: July 3, 2017 11:58 am

It’s well known that dogs, due to their sensitivity to sound, they don’t like loud noises. The vacuum cleaner is the enemy and thunderstorms are the time to go hide under a nice, safe table. For many dogs, the Fourth of July celebrations throughout the United States can be just as scary as a thunderstorm due to all those loud fireworks.

Scared dogs often get themselves into trouble!

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According to shelters across the country, Independence Day is a busy day for them, since many dogs get frightened and try to run away.

These loud noises can even spur dogs to run into traffic, where they are easily injured or killed. According to Mercury News, “Dogs can become so scared they break through fences and gates, become lost and are brought into our shelter as strays,” explained Buffy Martin Tarbox, the communications manager for Peninsula Humane Society.

Tarbox added, “They arrive scared and often with minor injuries such as cuts on their paws.  Some simple tips can help prevent these tragedies from happening.”

What are some tips on how to protect your dog during the holiday?

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Generally avoid actually taking your dogs to a fireworks showcase.

  • For those who have dogs who have been crate trained, place them in their crate and cover with a blanket to help them feel secure.
  • Try to block out the noise within your house, playing calm music, using the television or radio, or even talking to your dogs in a calm voice. Also, use blinds to ensure dogs cannot see what is going on either.
  • Even if you intend to keep your dog inside your home for the duration of the holiday, make sure that any yard gates and doors are properly secured and shut.
  • As further precaution, make sure your dog is wearing proper identification at all times, which should include contact information in the event that they do get lost.
  • If you know from past experience that your dog cannot handle the loud noises, it might be a good idea to talk to your veterinarian about a mild tranquilizer.

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In addition, there are other things to keep in mind that have nothing to do with the fireworks.

Try not to feed your dog barbeque scraps, as some foods can be toxic, such as onions or avocados, and foods they can choke on, like chicken bones.

Dogs, and pets in general, should be kept away from flames, matches, and lighter fluid. They should also not be sprayed with insect repellent or sunscreen that is intended for human usage. Many of these items can be harmful to the dog.

Even the ‘Dog Whisperer’ has some advice for you!