The Fourth of July is a wonderful holiday celebrating the rich history of our country, but our dogs don’t always appreciate it’s value quite like we do. Did you know? More pets go missing around the Fourth of July than any other time of year. Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare to celebrate this week!
Preparation is Key
One of the best ways to keep your pet safe this week is to prepare for the week’s activities. Make sure your dog is wearing a collar with an identification tag on it with all of your up-to-date information. Lucky for you, all Archview puppies have been microchipped before leaving for their new families which is one additional safety measure should your pet slip away at anytime!
We always recommend keeping a current photo of your dog on-hand for identification purposes. Many vets and rescues will want proof that your puppy is in fact yours upon pick-up.
Make a quick sweep around your house and property to ensure your pet will be safe and sound, especially if they are made anxious by loud noises. Fireworks can be terrifying for some dogs and can lead them to act out of their norm. Set up a safe place for them that is away from the commotion. We recommend keeping them secure in their kennels with a snuggly blanket and their favorite toy.
Life of the Party
While it is super fun to bring your pooch along to the party, remember that large crowds, new places and loud noises can all be extremely overwhelming for your pet. If you are having guests over for the holiday, consider leaving your pet inside and away from the hustle and bustle. If you want to have your dog involved in your celebration before the fireworks begin, set strict rules on your pets diet. Remember, human foods can be toxic to your pet so family and friends sneaking them snacks or dropped food can result in serious complications.
If you are going somewhere unfamiliar, today is the day to leave your pet at home. While we always support taking your dog out and exposing them to new environments, a day as potentially stressful as the fourth is not the best day to socialize your pet.
Day After Dangers
Once your party has wrapped up, you have some important steps to take before reintroducing your pet to your yard:
- Pick up all debris, especially fireworks and sparklers, before letting your pup have full run of the yard. These pose potential choke hazards and can also be toxic to your pet.
- Be sure to pick up any trash from your BBQ and place it out of reach from your furry friend.
- Make sure all alcoholic beverage containers, citronella candles and any glow-sticks are secured in a safe place inaccessible by your pup. These products can be poisonous, even in small increments!
We wish you a happy and healthy Fourth this year. Thank you to all of the men and women who have served our country!