One of the biggest summer celebrations is coming up, and it’s time to warm up that BBQ, break out the red, white and blue, and invite all of your friends to celebrate the 4th of July!
And what would a 4th of July party be without fireworks?
It’s a hallmark of the holiday to see bright colours light up the sky, shooting in all different directions. There’s a variety of patterns, shapes, and even sounds! But keep in mind, while you might love fireworks, maybe your pup doesn’t.
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Because dogs have super-sensitive hearing and they don’t exactly know what fireworks are, it can be startling, alarming, and just plain scary for a pup when fireworks to suddenly go off. A scared pup can bolt, and especially with many parties taking place in public parks, it’s easy for a dog to run loose and get lost.
Our number one tip is to get your dog microchipped before the firework celebration. In San Diego, many clinics are offering free microchipping because of how many dogs get lost during the 4th of July. Last year, 60 dogs ended up at the County Animal Services in San Francisco, and the year before, 67 dogs managed to get loose. Another pawsome tool is Finding Rover, an app that uses facial recognition technology to help find lost dogs. Talk about futuristic! And it works, too! In one case, the app found a dog in just five minutes.
Although microchipping is a useful tool for when your doggo is already lost, we know you’d prefer it if Fido didn’t go running off at all. So we’ve got some great tips to make sure you and your pup have an amazing 4th of July.
- Leave your pets at home for the fireworks. Although it’s tempting to bring your pup outside, consider leaving them inside the house just for the fireworks so that they can’t run off and still feel safe.
- Sometimes, scared dogs will become destructive and go a little bananas (hey, it happens to everyone!) so make sure that you put away dangerous objects that your pup might sink their teeth into.
- Leave the TV or radio on at low volume so that your pup has some noise to focus on while the fireworks are going on. It’ll help offset the surprise of the fireworks, and help your dog feel more at ease.
- Make sure your dog is leashed and attended to if you do bring your dog outside. Even with a fence or a gate, a terrified pup can get anxious and jump over or dig under fences to get away.
- Do not leave your dog in the car alone. Although it seems like a good idea especially if you’re at a public park, an anxious dog in a hot car can tear up seats, suffer from dehydration, and heat stroke. If you do choose to put your do in the car while the fireworks are happening, make sure you’re there with them.
- If you’re walking your dog at night while the fireworks are on, triple-check to make sure your leash and harness or collar are secure. A spooked pup can wriggle out of a loose leash.
- If you find a lost pet, take them to animal services immediately so their microchip can be checked and they can be reunited with their owner!
If you follow these tips, you should have a pawsome 4th of July that both you and your pup can enjoy! Got any more tips for us? We’d love to hear them! Just leave a comment below. And be sure to subscribe to our Digital Doggy Newsletter to get the best of doggy news delivered right to your inbox.