Will Your Dog Survive the 4th of July Festivities?

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Animaroo.com gives tips on how to keep your dog comfortable and safe during fireworks.

For pet dogs, however, the 4th of July can be a time of terror.

Founding Father John Adams is famous for writing that the 4th of July should be celebrated by Americans with "pomp and parade" each year and we certainly do our best to live up to this directive. For pet dogs, however, the 4th of July can be a time of terror and pet owners must take steps to protect their dog if they hope to avoid spending July 5th driving around looking for a dog that has run off.

“Fireworks are as much a part of the 4th of July as American flags,” says Megan Davidson, of Animaroo.com. “Unfortunately, the loud noises associated with fireworks can cause a dog to panic. Thousands of family pets end up running off and getting lost because the animals panic and do everything they can to get out of the yard and run away from the noise.”    

To keep dogs comfortable on the 4th of July, pet owners should consider doing the following:

1.    Keep a pet dog inside, preferably in their crate or other "safe" area.
2.    Turn on the stereo or television to help drown out the noise of fireworks.
3.    If possible, show fireworks on the television from other parts of the country where they are already being used. This can help desensitize your dog.

“In some cases, dogs are so overwhelmed by fear that professional intervention is required,” Davidson adds. “In such cases, visiting the vet to get a temporary sedative for the dog may make sense."

Megan Davidson has owned and worked with dogs her entire life and has strong opinions regarding their care. For an informative interview with her, call Megan Davidson at (417) 862-8600.

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