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Dog Safety Tips for Fourth of July

Dog Safety Tips for Fourth of July

While we might associate the thump and boom of fireworks with festivity and a great display, many of our canine companions are completely freaked out by Fourth of July noises. Some dogs cower and shiver, some panic and try to escape from their homes.

We checked in with the The Humane Society to gather some advice for the pooches, here’s what they had to offer:

1. Resist the urge to take your pet to fireworks displays.

2. Do not leave your pet in the car. With only hot air to breathe inside a car, your pet can suffer serious health effects–even death–in a few short minutes. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient air, but they do provide an opportunity for your pet to be stolen.

3. Keep your pets indoors at home in a sheltered, quiet area. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you’ve removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed. Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep him company while you’re attending Fourth of July picnics, parades, and other celebrations.

4. If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays.

To get learn more, see July 4th Fireworks Are No Blast For Pets.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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5:11AM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

thanks for sharing

4:34PM PST on Dec 9, 2012


11:12AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

9:28PM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

I wish I could help all these animals.

8:26AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

Thank you

6:59AM PDT on Jun 30, 2012


10:49AM PDT on May 25, 2012

This is serious so please take good care of your pets as this celebration is right around the corner.

12:09PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

This is serious. Our dog was so frightened that she went into a seizure and was foaming at the mouth. I thought she had been poisoned, but when we rushed her to the vet, after $300 in blood tests, the vet told us that this is a horrible reaction to fireworks and to try to take her away for future 4ths or this could happen again. She was afraid of thunder so we watched a movie in our basement louder than usual and still with this horrible result. I am so glad you are giving this warning. Hopefully neighbors will be thoughtful after reading this and save their money and go to a display instead of shooting them off in their neighborhoods.

12:05PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

Yes, take care of those animals. 4th of July is a very scary time for them.

3:07AM PDT on Oct 5, 2010

nice matter

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