Keep Your Pet Safe This 4th Of July: Tips From PetFinder

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4th July dog tipsMore dogs go missing on the 4th of July than any other day of year.

Last year Auggie fled from her home on Green Hill Road after being frightened by fireworks. I don’t think she was ever found.

Many dogs get frightened and confused by loud noises like continuous booms from fireworks or firecrackers and may run to try and escape.

You may think that a Thundershirt will solve all of your pets problems, it may help some pets, but you should still take extra precautions.

PetFinder.com offers a list of 8 tips to help keep your pet safe during the holiday festivities.

1. Check Your Dog’s ID

Be sure your dog is wearing an up-to-date and visible ID tag on her collar at all times. Also, don’t forget to check her microchip!

2. Snap a Photo

Take a current photo of your dog, just in case.

3. Tire Your Pup Early

Exercise your dog early in the day before parties begin. Make sure that any off-leash time is securely fenced and any walks have a good leash — people sometimes set off fireworks before dark!

4. Recruit Help

During cookouts, ask guests to play with your dog away from the flames.

5. Avoid an Accident

Keep charcoal, fireworks, sparklers and glow sticks far from curious canines. Even when unlit, these can cause serious problems if a dog decides to chew.

6. Protect Your Pup’s Belly

Avoid upset stomachs by keeping dog treats on hand for guests who want to give your dog food.

7. Skip the Fireworks — For Your Dog

Leave your dog safely inside your home with a frozen stuffed treat during the fireworks.

8. Distract Your Dog

If your dog is afraid of loud noises, leave gentle music playing to help cover the sound of fireworks.

4th July dog tips