With food, festivities, and fireworks, most of us enjoy a happy and safe 4th of July. For our four-legged friends, however, it’s not all fun and games. The American Humane Association has reported that July 5th is the most hectic and crowded day at animal shelters nationwide. Vet visits also rise, sparking concern that even the most well-meaning of owners might be unaware of potential risks. This year, make sure your beloved pets are safe with these 8 safety tips.
9. Don’t take pets to fireworks displays
While it may be tempting to take your pup to the park to watch the fireworks, don’t. There are many occasions that are pet friendly, but fireworks shows are not one of them. Even the calmest of dogs can bolt at a sudden, unfamiliar sound.
A dog that panics is also a dog with the potential to bite. A terrified dog in a crowd of strangers? Not a good combo. Do your pooch a favor and leave him at home. He’ll be safe and secure leaving you to watch the show worry-free.