Tomorrow is the Fourth of July and celebrations will be taking place all over the county. There will be major sales at all the malls, backyard barbeques and block parties, and of course, fireworks. We all love to watch the beauty and majesty of a fireworks display but for our dogs, it can be terrifying. The incredible noise of firecrackers and the fireworks going off, is often too much for dogs to handle and they panic; trying to escape the sounds.
Be considerate of your dog and keep him/her safe by following some simple precautions. Keep the dog indoors during the time of the fireworks. Keep windows and doors closed. Put on the TV or radio to mask the sounds. Stay with your pooch if you know she reacts badly to fireworks and play games with her. Consider purchasing a Thundershirt if you know your pup reacts badly to loud noises. They can be bought at any pet store and often give the dog a great deal of comfort during loud noises like fireworks and thunderstorms.If you are not going to be home during the fireworks display in your area, consider getting someone else to come and stay with the dog.
Although not all dogs are terrified of fireworks, a great many are and statistically, the most number of stray dogs to show up in shelters is the day of or after the Fourth of July. These dogs have somehow escaped from their homes and run away. Don't let that happen to your "furry kid".
That being said, have fun and enjoy the party.