With a glorious long weekend stretched out in front of us, it is easy to fixate on the fun parts, 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 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?