Fireworks Can Send Dogs Running

Fireworks Can Send Dogs Running

dog hiding int the laundry bag
Hana Hiding in the Laundry Bag. (CC) Hanafan
Did you know that more pets run away on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year? The bright lights and explosions of the fireworks can cause considerable stress to dogs. Our friends at Tagg, a company who make a GPS pet tracking system, sent us this info graphic showing the enormous increase in the number of dogs that are lost on Fourth of July, plus the sobering fact that only 26% of dogs are returned to their owners.

Here are some tips to keep your pet safe and at ease on Independence Day:
• Keep your pets indoors.
• Provide a safe, secure place for them to retreat, like their crate, or under a bed in a quite room for the duration of the fireworks display.
• Give them a favorite toy or familiar blanket.
• Offer a fan, radio or TV running to drown out the noise of the fireworks.
• Check on them regularly.
• Make sure your dog has a collar and ID tag with contact information. 

Posted on: July 1, 2014

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