Do's And Don'ts Of Safely Celebrating The 4th Of July With Your Dogs

In just a few weeks, the skies will be filled with different colors, weird smells and backyards will be smelling of barbeques as people from all over the state come together to celebrate Independence Day.

While the day is filled with fun and excitement for humans, for our dogs, that day is filled with stress, anxiety, and dangers. As dog parents, we need to make sure that either our dogs are with us in a safe place, away from all the chaos, or they’re in a safe place with someone they trust, if you’re unable to be with them. Then again, wouldn’t it be fun to celebrate Independence Day with our dogs? Here are some tips to ensure your dogs enjoy the 4th of July as much as you do!

1. DO keep them away from fireworks

Not only do firework shows scare our dogs because of the sounds, but even the smell of fireworks irks dogs. Not only that, lit fireworks can be dangerous to our dogs as they can get burned on their face, fur and paws. Some dogs have become critical after accidentally chewing or swallowing fireworks and crackers.

2. DON’T let them anywhere near glow sticks

Anything that glows in the dark is not good for your dogs. Assuming your dog gets a hold of one, not only will there be a mess for you to clean but it will also irritate your dog’s digestive system and if they accidentally swallow something, it can cause blockage. Glowing goo isn’t toxic for dogs, but it’s best to keep them away from things that aren’t dog-friendly.

3. DO help them deal with stress

The 4th of July fireworks show can cause immeasurable stress to our dogs, so as responsible dog parents, we need to help them deal with the anxiety. Keep them in a room they won’t be able to escape from, then turn on the TV and play some soothing music to help mask the fireworks noise. Give them some treats and plenty of toys to play with and stay occupied. Also, give them plenty of water because an anxious dog drinks more water than usual.

How do you celebrate the 4th of July with your dogs? Let us know in the comments. Watch out for Part 2!

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