Summertime! The 4th of July is definitely one of my favorite holidays. What’s not to love? Fireworks, friends, family, food, and cold drinks. You can’t really go wrong when you put those things together. For some dogs, however, it’s more, “Why is my house so crowded with strangers?” And, “What are those terrifying booms?” Unfortunately, I have personally experienced one of the worst outcomes on a 4th of July. A family member’s dog, who was NEVER scared of loud noises, was outside and not on a leash. She got spooked by the fireworks and took off, eventually running miles away within hours before being hit by a car. This was a dog who had no fears and loud noises had never previously caused an issue. So a lesson to all: If you do have your dog outside, make sure it is leashed at all times. You never know when that one firework might cause an unexpected result. Also remember, our pets aren’t always allowed to jump in the pool to cool off. So have plenty of shade and water for your furry family member. Here is a link to check out more safety tips for your pet on this holiday.
I genuinely hope everyone out there has a fantastic and safe 4th of July!
– Dr. Beyers