Fourth of July: Fun for Humans Scary for Them

 
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Happy Independence Day to our fellow Wagboss readers!!! Grilling, picnics, parades, and fireworks are all fun ways to celebrate Fourth of July. But as you get ready for all the human festivities, don't forget that our furry family members don't exactly love or understand the scary sounds of fireworks. Below are some tips to help you help your pup get ready to celebrate this fun holiday!

 
 
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1. Exercise them early.

Get as much energy out of them before the festivities begin so that they're not overly excited once company comes over,  the sun sets and the fireworks begin. Consider a long morning walk or some swimming. A tired dog is less likely to exert nervous energy if they're tired.

2. Keep them indoors. 

Dogs do not enjoy fireworks the way we do. They are terrified by the loud noises. Keep them inside and do not take them to fireworks displays unless you are 100% sure that they can handle it. Chances are they can't.

3. Protect them from heat stroke during outdoor parties and BBQs.

Another reason to keep your pets away from the often noisy celebrations of summer is heat. Miami temperatures can make the world a harsh place for our dogs, who can be very sensitive to the heat. Because they don't sweat like us humans do to stay cool, overheating can happen suddenly for them - and it can be deadly. Watch out for heavy panting, dry or pale gums, increased drooling and deep and rapid breathing. 

Make sure you are providing them with plenty of water and shady spots for them to hang out at!

4. Make sure they are wearing their collar with updated I.D. tags.

All of our furry family members should always wear collars with ID tags. But on Fourth of July its more important than ever. They can become so frightened during fireworks displays that they may take desperate measures to escape the noise, including breaking through window or door screens. If your dog goes missing, contact Miami Dade Animal Services (dial 311) and surrounding shelters immediately. 

5. Close all your windows, curtains, and blinds. 

Because they can become so frightened which can lead to all kinds of frenzied behavior including escape, close all the windows, curtains and blinds to help drown out the sounds of the fireworks. You can also turn on some soothing music, or turn on the TV, window air conditioner, fan, or dehumidifier to help counteract the sounds during neighborhood fireworks in your area. 

 

6. Don't forget to have fun!

Lastly, don't forget to have fun! These tips aren't meant to ruin all your pups fun! Just be realistic and know that they will probably be scared! According to national statistics, animal control officials across the country see a 30-60% increase in lost pets each year between July 4th and 6th. Don't let this happen to you and your family! Be prepared and plan ahead of time. Your canine companions will be forever grateful! 

Milena Ordenes