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07/03/2012 17:40:02 PM by K.T.Riffic   Send Message to K.T.Riffic  5722  views, category: Pet care, safety and insurance, More pet holidays view all blogs


The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is a wonder time of the year. The weather is usually warm and the grills are always on. Once the sun goes down, the skies light up with fireworks. And while this may seem like the perfect opportunity for an outing with your dog, it is not.

Your dog’s ears are 10 times more sensitive than yours. The loud noise of the fireworks could actually harm your pet’s hearing. On top of this, fireworks also tend to scare our furry friends. This is because the noise and the flashing lights cause the pet to become stressed, anxious, try to escape, and possibly become aggressive out of fear. Increased numbers of people walking around at fireworks displays could also stress out your pet. Even the most social dogs can become overwhelmed when surrounded by so many people.

More dogs are lost on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. That is why it is very important to leave your dog at home during the fireworks display.

For those pet owners who live near where the fireworks are set off, leaving your pets at home may not be enough. If this is the case for you, consider taking the following steps to help your dog or cat stay calm and stress-free.

* Bring your pets inside and secure exits. Some  fearful pets have ended up with hurt paws because they have tried to dig under a fence to escape. Also, the insulation provided by the house will lessen the noise.

* Second, keep the blinds and curtains shut if the bright flashing lights from the fireworks causes stress or fear to your companion.

* Third, if your dog is used to being created, keep him or her in the crate during the fireworks display. Not only will this provide extra shelter and comfort, it will prevent escape attempts through doggie doors or windows.

* Fourth, distract your dog or cat from the fireworks by playing a video or music that will deaden the noise of the fireworks.

* Fifth, work with your pet before hand to train him to not be scared when there are loud noises. To do this, start with some music playing on a slightly louder than normal volume. While the music is on, do something with your buddy that he enjoys such as tug-or-war or fetch. Turn the volume up a little louder and continue playing. Do this as long as the dog is comfortable. If he shows any signs of being scared or uncomfortable, turn down the volume and proceed carefully.

With this tips, you should be able to keep your dog relaxed and safe during the fireworks displays this year.

About the author: Kayleigh has always loved animals and has spent time volunteering at the local dog shelter. The love of her life is her four year old Rottweiler, Lizzie. She enjoys writing for since it combines her love of animals with one of her favor... more >>

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