Don’t Let Your Dog Become a July 4th Statistic

by | Jul 18, 2015 | News

By Susan Larson. Photo courtesy of photostock at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The first business day after July 4 is one of the busiest of the year at animal shelters, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Many dogs run away in fear of the loud noises of fireworks.

To avoid losing your four-legged friend on the Fourth of July, leave them inside – a frightened dog is more likely to jump a fence or dig underneath to run away from loud noises. In addition:

Make sure your pet has a collar on with securely attached, legible identification tags that include your address and phone number.

Don’t bring your pet to loud, crowded parades, festivals or fireworks displays.

Even when left inside at home, animals may be able to hear fireworks. You may want to leave on a television or radio to help muffle the noise.

The ASPCA offers these summer-long tips for dog safety:

Keep alcoholic drinks, lighters and lighter fluid and fireworks out of reach. All have ingredients toxic to animals.

Keep your pets on their normal diet – even if they’re begging for a burger from the grill.

Keep citronella candles, citronella spray and other bug-repellants away from animals, unless the label specifically says the bug repellant is safe for animals.

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