With a glorious long weekend stretched out in front of us, it is easy to fixate on the fun parts, such as the food, the socializing, and for many, the fireworks. But the Fourth Of July can be dangerous for dogs. In addition to the regular holiday dangers (eating something toxic, stress due to a crowd of people, and an increased chance of an unnoticed exit) fireworks can wreak havoc with a dog’s mindset.
While my dogs don’t seem to mind fireworks, they skip our local fireworks display because there are too many people and other dogs there. I feel that for my crew, the risks outweigh the potential fun.
If you’ve added a dog to your family recently, you might not know how he will react to fireworks. What once seemed magical to me, I now realize can be absolutely terrifying to humans with PTSD, dogs, and wildlife.
Meghan Marrs from K9 of Mine sent me this awesome infographic with five smart ways to help keep your dogs safe and happy during the fireworks.
5 Ways to Keep Your Canine Safe for the 4th of July
I am hoping that noiseless fireworks will catch on in the United States. If fireworks cause so much distress for dogs, I bet it is much worse for wildlife.
How do you keep your pets safe during the Fourth of July?
We don’t celebrate 4th of July, but my dog is super sensitive when it comes to high noises and this tips are very useful.
The design of the infographic is amazing, I love it!
Crystal // Dreams, etc. says
This is a great infographic! My pup doesn’t appear scared, but she does take note of fireworks. I’m not a big fan of going out to see them, so I like to stay home with her.
The Daily Pip says
I love this infographic and have shared it on Pinterest and Facebook. I never leave Ruby alone July 4th. She is most nervous when she is alone (separation anxiety) so being alone when fireworks are going off I assume would be extra stressful. Thankfully she doesn’t seem bothered by them when we are all home together.
Tenacious Little Terrier says
We take turns watching Mr. N for major firework holidays. I think we’re both staying home with him this year.
I am sure he appreciates the company!
Sally Hummel says
Loved the graphic!! I’ll be staying home and staying in with Rugby tonight. I’ll likely use his Thundershirt, and we’ll use trick training, puzzle play and games to help distract him!
These are all great ways to keep dogs safe during such a scary time for most of them. I’ve never heard of noiseless fireworks…interesting!
Great information Beth!