Friday, June 27, 2014

Hot Dogs and Fireworks!

It’s that time of year again and it still amazes me with all the media attention about holiday fireworks that people don’t protect their dogs from the trauma.  Unlike the dog in the funny but scary video below, most pets are terrified of loud noises, flashes, and the burning smell of fireworks.  That’s why July 5th is the busiest day of the year for veterinarians and animal shelters.  Many dogs panic and flee, winding up lost, injured or dead.  So take some easy precautions.  I’ve listed a few below:     
  • Keep your dog indoors at all times in a quiet, safe location.
  • Insect repellant for people may be toxic for your pet so use a product specifically designed for them.   
  • Avoid taking your dog to a fireworks display and never leave them alone in a vehicle while you attend.
  • Although an alternative to fireworks, glow jewelry can also cause harm to your dog if ingested.
  • Fireworks contain substances that are harmful if curious dogs ingest them.
  • Be careful with lighter fluid and matches around your dog because they also contain harmful substances.
  • Another danger is citronella products. 

I don’t know about you, but it just sounds safer to keep pets inside.  Your dogs will thank you and you can always spoil them after the fireworks are over.

And while we are talking about dog safety, here’s a few added tips for avoiding a hot dog:

  • Exercise your dog early in the morning or late at night to avoid heat and don’t work your dog too hard.
  • Use doggie boots to protect your dog’s feet from heat and cold from cement and asphalt.
  • Watch for signs of dehydration like panting, excessive drool, fatigue, and bloodshot eyes.
  • Keep water with you at all times for your dog.
  • Find innovative ways to cool your dog and remember they cool from the bottom up.
  • Find a place in your yard that is okay for your dog to dig in order to stay cool.
  • Never leave your dog in a parked car, chained in the heat, or even on a balcony for any length of time where they can be affected by the heat.

Have fun this summer, but keep your dogs safe, happy and loved!

Cindy A. Christiansen
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