Some Advice About Fireworks From Dear DeDe!
Oh Dog! It’s time for another visit with Dear DeDe! That’s me!
This week those of us in the US will celebrate the birth of our country on July 4th. It’s often a grand affair with cookouts, parades, and fireworks! And today is Canada Day in… well… Canada! They also do some celebrating with fireworks.
It’s those fireworks I want to remind you about.
Animal Control agencies will tell you that July 5th is one of their busiest days of the year. Why? Because dogs become afraid of the fireworks and run!
Even though we’re in drought conditions in 3/4 of our country, and even though much of the Eastern US is like an oven (including here), fireworks are still for sale. And if people buy them, they’re gonna shoot them. Right? They’ve been shooting them in our neighborhood and it’s so dry here it’s scary.
So make sure your pets are safe. This is NOT a good time for pets to be roaming free. They can be injured accidentally or even on purpose. Remember the old trick of tying firecrackers to a cat’s tail and lighting them? Supposed to be funny, right? No, I don’t think so either.
Keep them inside. A fence or run isn’t enough. If dogs can bolt, they will. And don’t assume inside is safe either. An Associated Press article on the subject noted that a dog was so frightened it jumped through a plate glass window!
Keep them calm. If your dog is crate-trained, this is a good time to use your crate. If not, how about a small room with comfort objects, food and water. And if you can hide the noise with TV or music, that’s a good idea too. If your dog is fearful, consider trying the Thundershirt. Many dogs report they work wonders!
If your dog does become lost, be sure to notify Animal Control. And if you find a dog, do the same. If you can provide the dog with temporary shelter, that’s fine, but you want to be sure that you leave lots of information out there so the dog’s owners can be found. After all, you’d want someone to do the same for your dog.
So be safe, and enjoy your holiday!
Associated Press: Fireworks Scare Dogs
ASPCA Blog: Pet Parents, Prepare for the Fireworks!
ASPCA Pet Behaviorist: Fear of Noises (a great article on what you can do if your animal is afraid)
Bunny’s Blog also has a great post about pet safety during the holidays