4th Of July Pet Safety Tips

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More dogs go missing on July 4 than any other day of the year. The reason is loud and clear, they HATE fireworks. More than 7 million pet owners will seek tranquilizers or other help from veterinarians for their traumatized dogs on the day we celebrate our independence. Do what you can do to make your pup feel safe and secure.

By following these simple top 5 tips you will help your dog have a safe 4th of July, and your pooch will be around to love you for a long time.

1. Identification

An up-to-date I.D. tag greatly increases the chance of a lost pet being returned to you, make sure that your pet always wears identification and is microchipped.

2. NEVER Leave Your Dog In A Car Alone

Never leave pets or children in cars unattended. On a sunny day, the temperature inside a car can skyrocket to 140 degrees in 30 minutes.

3. Keep An Eye On Your Dog During Parties

Having a party? Make the grill area off limits and keep an eye on your pup during parties and BBQs as food scraps can make them sick. Make sure to have fresh clean water easily accessible for all of your pets on hot days and during parties.

4. Your Dog Doesn’t Need To See Fireworks

Do not bring your dog to the Fireworks displays, they can be disorienting and frightening to pets.

5. Leave Your Pup At Home

Leave your pet at home. Make sure doors and windows are closed and the air conditioning is on. If your dog is sensitive you may want to consider putting them in a crate in a nice cool closet where they will be insulated from the explosions outside. You can play soothing music or turn on the television to help muffle loud noises outside. Never leave your dog outside and unattended on the 4th of July.

Do you have any other 4th of July safety tips? Please share them below so we can all have a happy and safe 4th of July.