July is Pet Safety Month at BlogPaws, and I’m going to write a series on Summer Pet Safety throughout the month. With the 4th of July tomorrow, it seems like the logical place to start! I found a couple of great infographics to share with safety tips for the 4th, and then I’ll tell you our plans to keep our pets safe this holiday weekend.
The statistics for lost pets greatly increase for the 4th, so it’s important to keep your pets secured over the holiday weekend. They also need to be kept safe from ingesting foods that are bad for them, alcohol, and even decorations that are within their reach (Luke eats anything and everything).
Our neighbors like to set off fireworks, and Cricket hates them. We are going to a concert tonight, and we are really hoping our neighbors won’t be starting their festivities until tomorrow night. However, since they already set some off last weekend, we can’t count on that. Our plan is to leave the dogs in our finished basement with the air conditioner on to keep them cool as well as to drown out sounds from outdoors. Cricket’s reaction to fireworks isn’t extreme….she mostly gets nervous and paces; she doesn’t completely freak out or anything. We don’t feel medication is in order for her, and we have tried the Anxiety Wrap in other situations with her with limited results.
Our late golden retriever Moses was far more afraid of thunderstorms and we did try a Thundershirt with him which helped. It didn’t work as well for Sheba. Just because our current dogs don’t respond well to these types of aids doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it with your dog. They all react differently, and it’s best to try them ahead of time to get them accustomed to it.
We’ll be home the rest of the long weekend, and plan to spend each evening in the basement with the A/C on, watching the Nascar races. We’ll stay up later than usual to get through the fireworks times (our neighbors typically set them off up until 11pm and sometimes midnight). Our dogs will probably be more disturbed by me yelling at the TV during the race, than by fireworks (I don’t really do that a lot)! The dogs will go out for their last pee break before dusk. Of course, as always, they have their collars and ID’s on, and Luke is microchipped.
We don’t have any cookouts planned, but if you are planning one and want to read about how best to keep your dogs safe during a 4th of July get together, our friends over at Tales ‘n Tails wrote a great post on that subject….click here to read.
With all that in mind, we hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday weekend. I want to leave you with some photos of my simple 4th of July decorations in my flower garden, and a holiday wish from the dogs.
Today we’re joining the Thursday Barks and Bytes blog hop. Many thanks to our hosts 2 Brown Dawgs Blog (they also have a great post on fireworks safety today) and Heart Like a Dog. Please visit them and others through the links below!