The 4th of July is just around the corner and it is a time where dog owners can even loose their beloved pet. Some dogs react severely to firework noise and some could care less. Below I have listed a few suggestions to help a dog owner keep their reactive dog safe during the 4th of July.
- Bring your dog indoors and make sure they cannot escape out of the house.
- Crate your dog in the quietest room and check up on them periodically during the evening.
- Darken the room and provide peaceful music.
- If needed medicate your dog with the advise of your veterinarian.
- During the day exercise your dog so they will be tired during the time when fireworks are used.
- If you do not own a crate leash your dog and keep them with you.
- Do not leave a dog unattended in a room by themselves they can get destructive and hurt themselves.
- If you are going to a 4th of July party make sure someone is watching your dog.
- Provide plenty of water for your dog he or she may pant a lot when stressed.
- Do not use loud fireworks at your home use ones that do not make noise.
Even the day after the 4th some people will continue to set off fireworks just be aware and continue to provide safety for your dog. Enjoy the 4th of July and Happy Independence Day.
Dog safety during the summer is very important for several reasons but mostly your pet can die if in the heat too long. What can you do to insure that your pet is safe during the hottest summer months:
- Never leave your dog in your car they can die within minutes.
- Do not walk your dog during the hottest part of the day.
- If you need to walk your dog keep the walk under 30 minutes and go during very early morning or late at night.
- Bring water for your dog during the walk.
- Test the ground if you cannot keep your hand on the sidewalk over 3 seconds than provide dog protective footwear such as dog booties.
- Wet your dog down before the walk or provide a cool vest.
- When outside provide plenty of cool fresh water and shade.
- Keep an eye out on your dog when they go outside you do not want them outside very long especially during the hottest part of the day.
- Provide a play pool with clean cool water if your dog needs to stay outside.
- Provide misters and fans on the patio.
- Some breeds like Pugs or French Bulldogs cannot tolerate heat so let them outside only to go potty.
- If your dog does get heat stroke place them in room temperature water and immediately call your vet for instructions.
- If your dog has high energy and needs to exercise consider a treadmill. If unsure how to train on a treadmill give me a call or contact a local trainer.