The highlight of summer, the 4th of July weekend, is finally here. Homes all around the nation will be firing up the grill and lighting up the sky with the fireworks. While most of us love the chance to relax with our loved ones, it is not always the safest or greatest time of year for our pets. So, make sure you remember these safety tips to keep your dog safe of the 4th of July.

  • They are the safest at home and not at a party or BBQ

You never want to bring your dog to a large festival if you plan to stay for the fireworks. Even the most sociable dog will likely hate it when the sizzle, cracks and booms hit the air. The same goes for any type of firework displays, even if they are on your own block. Your dog will not like or appreciate being included for this event, it is much better for them to be at home where they are much more comfortable.

  • Hire a pet sitter or set them up in a quiet room at home

You may have an especially active firework-loving neighborhood and if so, make sure your dog is as far removed from the commotion as possible. They may get scared and panic if they are home alone so it may be a good idea to hire a pet sitter.

If you’re throwing your own party, your dog can easily escape during the shuffle of guests, get into the trash, or even worse, get into alcoholic or poisonous substances while everyone is preoccupied.

Put them in a bedroom or laundry room (with toxic items placed high on shelves) and turn on some ambient noise like a soft radio or TV.  Include their favorite toys and bed with some treats and water. This will help keep them safe and calm while the festivities can continue without worry.

DO NOT TIE THEM OR LEAVE THEM IN A FENCED BACKYARD – Once the fireworks go off your dog can panic leading them to try to jump a fence or even get tied up and choke on their leash.

  • Update ID’s and microchips

This is a good time of year to get new collars and tags and to make sure that their microchips are up to date just in case they do happen to get out during the celebrations. If your dog happens to get out during the party, once the fireworks start you never know how far away they could run. It’s important to make sure they can be ID’d and brought home ASAP.

Keeping your dog safe on the 4th of July isn’t too hard, just follow these few simple steps to help make them comfortable while you relax and enjoy your family and friends.


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