Between the barbecues and the fireworks, the Fourth of July is undoubtedly one of the best celebrations of the year. If you’re a dog though, the day can be terrifying as well as dangerous. Hounds Town USA has a few safety tips for your dog before your family celebrates the red, white, and blue:
Never Light Fireworks Near Animals.
Besides the obvious potential for burns and trauma, the ASPCA also notes that even unlit fireworks are a threat. They contain poisonous toxins including arsenic and other heavy metals. Bottom line: just don’t do it.
Matches, Lighter Fluid, and Charcoal Are a No-No.
The chlorates found in some matches can impact your dog’s respiratory system and can even potentially damage blood cells. Lighter fluid can also harm a dog’s breathing if inhaled, not to mention cause gastrointestinal upset. Charcoal briquettes are not toxic, but they will definitely upset your dog’s stomach and could cause vomiting.
Bug Deterrents Can Hurt.
The oils in tiki torches, citronella candles, and other types of insect repellents can cause gastrointestinal distress and could even lead to aspiration pneumonia if inhaled, according to the ASPCA.
Alcohol Should Be Kept Out of Your Pet’s Reach.
Booze is poisonous for dogs, so keep it out of reach of your pet at all times. Alcohol should never be given to a dog under any circumstances, as it could result in death. If you fear your dog has consumed any alcohol, please contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately at (888)426-4435.
No Barbecue Food Scraps.
It might be tempting to give your dog scraps of food from the barbecue, but burgers and meats are frequently seasoned with garlic, onions, avocados, and a host of other items that are dangerous for dogs.
Sunscreen Is Dangerous.
Sunscreen isn’t intended for dogs, and you should never apply it to their bodies. Make sure you keep it out of reach of your pooch at all times. Sunscreen ingestion can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and more.
Keep Your Dog Indoors.
You might feel guilty leaving your dog home from a big party, but chances are he will be safer and calmer in a familiar environment.
Block Outside Sounds.
If your dog is scared of fireworks, draw the curtains in your home and turn on the TV to limit his or her exposure to the chaos outside. Keep a favorite blanket or comfortable pillow near them so they feel safe until it’s over.
Happy Fourth to all of you Fur-Lovers!