4th of July Safety Tips For Dogs

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Independence Day celebrations can be great fun for humans, but the noise and visual stimulation can be traumatic for a dog. By following few precautions and being aware, you and your dog can have a safe and happy holiday experience. Following are some Independence Day pointers to protect your dog and keep it safe:

• Dogs don’t like fireworks. The bangs. explosions and bright lights – accompanied by screams. Sirens. and other howling dogs – create confusion and fear: It’s not uncommon for a dog to run
away from home after being frightened by fireworks.
• Don’t leave dogs outside. Bring your dog inside to protect it. If this is not possible. cover the crate or kennel with a blanket to offer it a little protection from the bright flashes and loud
bangs. Always remember a dog’s sense of hearing is acute – more than 10 times more sensitivity than than humans’.
• Keep your dog away from doors. Your dog may be under significant stress, which could result in unnecessary injury to others or cause your dog to dart out the door and get lost.
• Create a special area or “den” where your dog feels safe. A properly introduced crate or kennel can be a great den for your dog.
• Keep windows and curtains closed to reduce noise and bright flashes.
• Turn on a TV or radio to distract your dog from loud noises and help it to
relax. Classical music is the most calming.
• Try to stay with your dog during the majority of the fireworks, if possible.
A dog often reacts more intensely to loud noises and flashing lights when you are not there.
• Always have Identification securely on your dog. In case it gets out.
Consider talking to your veterinarian about implanting a universal microchip in your dog and make sure that your veterinary hospital and animal shelter have current information in their database.
Independence Day is a time for joy and celebration. By taking these precautions, you and your dog can have a safe and happy holiday experience.

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