Fourth of July is terrific – from the flashy fireworks to savory bbq dishes.
Your dog, however, may have a very different opinion. It’s terror-ific.

To them, it probably looks like the sky is catching fire and the earth is spontaneously exploding, and all these humans are having a ball while the world burns.

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Dog above: “What is this madness?! The apocalypse must be nigh!”

According to the Humane Society, pet shelters report a dramatic increase in lost pets. This is due to pets trying to escape the sights and sounds of fireworks. Or perhaps their attempt to flee to underground bunkers and brace for nuclear warfare.

Here are a few tips to make sure your beloved pooch is safe and has an easier time on independence day.

1 . Keep your dog inside

It’s safer to keep your dogs at home. Dogs are more sensitive to sudden noises and lights than humans. It’s best to not expose them to these stressors in case it pushes them into leaping fences and escaping. Bring outdoor dogs inside where they will feel safer. If you have to bring your dog with you, make sure they are on a leash and supervised at all times.

2. Turn on the T.V. or radio

If you brought your dog inside, turn on the T.V or radio to help block the sounds. Maybe play some soothing music, and cover the windows. If your dog is crate trained, they’ll feel more secure in a crate draped with a blanket.

3. Identification

In case your dog does escape, it’s a good idea to have tags on them. Microchipping your dog is also a good idea, in case those tags come off.

4. Pet meds

If your dog is particularly anxious despite your best efforts, you can talk to your vet about giving your dog medication for anxiety.

5. BBQ considerations

Though there may be enough left overs and scraps to feed a pack of ravenous dogs, be careful what you give your pooch. Too many leftovers can upset their stomachs. Also, keep in mind that some common foods can be toxic to your dogs such as:

  • Avocado
  • Onions and onion powder
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Chocolate
  • Spinach
  • Apricot
  • Almond
  • Alcohol

Got all that? Now go out there and have a great Independence Day, and keep those pooches safe!

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