The big 4th of July holiday is upon us. While we all enjoy the cookouts, picnics and fireworks, it is good to remember that our dogs and cats may not be so thrilled about this. If you live near an area where a fireworks display will be happening, make sure that your animals are in a secure spot. Some dogs and cats do not tolerate loud, sudden noises very well. We see a brilliant display on a night sky, your dog hears something very loud and very close and wants to get away from this unknown thing. Every year animal rescue organizations report an increase in the number of missing animals right around the 4th of July Holiday, usually from animals who were frightened and managed to escape.
Provide your animals with a quiet place to retreat to, perhaps with a radio or television on to distract them from the noise outside, provide plenty of water to drink. If you live in an area that gets crowded for the festivities, take your dog out before it gets too crowded ( your animal and carpet will thank you) If you know that your animal gets stressed out with fireworks, see if your vet can give you something to help. if you do go out, confine your pet to a room that you know they cannot get out of and make sure the windows are closed to prevent any escapes.
Large crowded events are also not a place to bring your dog. You may enjoy the concert on the Parkway or the fireworks at Penns Landing, but your dog is probably very stressed out. Think about this from your dog's perspective, strange smells, many strange people who may not see the dog or may try to pet it without permission and all the dog sees is a sea of legs closing in on it. So, please save that walk along the parkway for a time when you both can enjoy it.
Cookouts can be fun for both you and your pet, but make sure that you have your dog secured and under control. The last thing you want is a loose dag running into a lit grill or deciding that platter of just cooked burgers is just for him when your back is turned ( dogs can be very fast when it comes to burger banditry!) Remember that some of your guests may not exactly approve of Mr. Bigg bounding up to them with the "Bark of Welcome" and bouncing up on small children. You may like a cold beer on a hot day, but make sure your pet has plenty of water to drink, and yes, burgers and hot dogs are ok, but not raw onions ( raw onions have been known to poison dogs)
Remember to take some simple precautions and you and your pets can enjoy the holiday together
Author:Steve Drabkowski Phone: 215-760-5825 Dated: June 29th 2017 Views: 715 About Steve: Steve has been a long term resident of Philadelphia, coming here in 1983 and being stationed at the ...
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