July 4th Safety Tips for your Dogs

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June 30th, 2014, In News, by 3DogBlog

The 4th of July is always a fun time for people filled with cook-outs, mesmerizing fireworks displays, and a day to just sit back and relax and enjoy our American freedom. For dogs, however, the 4th is often overwhelming and scary. In fact, according to Home Again, more animals go missing on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. Here are a few tips to help you keep

#1: Make sure your dog has on up to date ID tags with the dog’s name, your name, and your phone number. They should have this on all the time but especially when shelters are flooded with run away animals-this helps happy reunions happen quickly.
Collars and tags can come off though, so make sure your pup is micro chipped and you have registered the chip online with your current information.

#2: Take a clear photo of your dog from a couple of different angles. This way you have a clear, current picture of your dog without a distracting background to put on posters and flyers. You will also know exactly where to find a quality picture if you ever need one quickly.

#3: Exercise your dogs in the morning before the festivities begin. Go for a walk, play in the back yard, let them run around at the dog park. Whatever you do, make sure they are able to get most of their energy out. A tired dog is a happy dog.

#4: Resist the urge to make your doggie a party goer and put them in an escape proof room with plenty of food and water. Leave their favorite bed or blanket with them so they have a comfy spot they feel safe going to. It is also a good idea to leave a distraction with them like a frozen treat filled toy to keep them occupied. Turn on the TV or some music in their room to help muffle the sounds of fireworks.

#5: If your dog does attend a 4th of July celebration with you, make sure they are on a leash at all times and are kept away from grills, open flames and especially fireworks. You can also keep a stash of small healthy treats on you so your friends and guests can give your pooch a safe treat instead of table scraps.

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If your dog struggles with anxiety issues, discuss options with your veterinarian for high stress days like July 4th.