fireworks pet safety
Almost all 7’s love the 4th of July, parades, picnics, fireworks, etc. Did you know your puppy does not? As much as you love your puppy and as much as you want to sure the party with your puppy, it is not a happy or safe time for your puppy.
Below are some simple tips to keep your puppy safe:
MOST IMPORTANT RULE EVER…..
Be able to identify your puppy if he gets lost. Do you have recent photos? Is your puppy chipped? Is your puppy wearing a collar and a name tag? While it seems like something you won’t have to think about. The 5th of July is the busiest day of the year at your local animal shelter. Not only is your puppy in doggy jail, he has scary roommates. There are scary people who aren’t his people. The most scary part though is there is limited room. Because we are becoming 7 we don’t always know what that means. Just keep in mind that they have to find their owner, get a new owner, or a count down starts at most shelters. Being prepared makes it a lot easier for the workers to reunite you and your beloved puppy.
Do not let your puppy eat, drink or have easy access to:
kabob sticks and sparklers
Matches, lighters, lighter fluid, open fires, fire pits, bbq’s
Products containing citronella
Also, keep your puppy inside the house
Check your fence for escape routes
Put your puppy on a leash when you take them out to potty
Do not tie your puppy up outside during fireworks
Exercise your puppy earlier in the day
Consider locking your puppy in an escape proof room or crate after removing any sharp objects
Give your puppy extra blankets to hide in
Locking your puppy in your car can be fatal
Your puppy does not love crowds
Your puppy is easily scared by loud noises and flashes of light
Keep the television or radio on for background noise
Fireworks can cause burns, trauma, and contain chemicals and minerals that are toxic to animals
Keep your windows and curtains closed
Keep a light on
Spray the house with a dog calming pheromone
Make a tundercoat wrap
Make sure your puppy has toys and treats to keep him busy
Talk to your vet about a sedative
July 5th check your yard for firework debris
Have a back-up plan
Know where to go if your puppy is injured
Know the animal poison control number (800) 213-6680
Know the locations of your local animal shelters (You may have to go several times before locating your puppy.)
Know where to post ads for missing puppies.