My dogs hate this time of the year. Maybe yours do too. The loud, random BOOMS at all hours of the day frighten them and make them fear their own backyard. Thankfully the legal period for shooting off fireworks lasts only from June 30th to July 5th. (Special note to Kirksville City Council Members: for dogs’ sake, please don’t extend this period! Six days is enough!)
My dogs will be OK, because we will keep them indoors and mask the sound of the BOOMS as best we can. But pets who are kept outside are not so lucky.
Please help your furry friends stay safe this Fourth of July!
1) Keep Fido away from fireworks!
Pets should not be allowed near fireworks at any time. Store fireworks out of your dogs’ reach, as they contain harmful and even deadly poisons. Supervise children so that they do not light off fireworks too close to dogs, cats, or other animals. Notice how your pets respond to fireworks: if they appear fearful, consider bringing them inside for the holiday.
2) Make sure that Rover wears a collar with an ID tag!
Many pets run for their lives when they hear a loud BOOM and don’t look back until they are lost. In fact, the July Fourth holiday is one of the busiest times of the year for animal shelters because so many animals come in as strays. A collar with an ID tag will help them get home again. This is especially important when traveling: for a temporary fix, write your cell phone number on a piece of paper and tape this to your pet’s collar.
3) Provide your Buddy with shade and water!
It’s tempting to bring your dog along to picnics, parades, and other holiday events, but is that really such a good idea? Direct exposure to bright sunshine for hours on end is unpleasant and even unhealthy for a dog. Protect him from heat stroke and dehydration: leave Buddy at home in a cool, quiet place (out of the sun) with plenty of water to drink.