Well, at least to the Americans. Everyone else enjoy your weekend. 🙂
The Independence Day holiday is one of the busiest times for animal control officers and emergency clinics. More dogs get out of their yards on this day than on any other day of the year, for obvious reasons. Panicked dogs thinking they are under attack can do the most unbelievable things in their state of duress- destroy couches, jump 7 foot fences in a single bound, bust through sliding glass doors (for real!), then, all too often, run down the road and end up getting hit by a car.
Many people simply forget how stressful an evening of fireworks can be for a pet; it doesn’t even occur to them to bring the dog in for the night before they leave. They forget how the sound of explosions can travel for miles. Or worse, they bring the dog to the local big fireworks show. No one likes getting pooped on by a frightened German Shepherd (or by anything, really…)
There are lots of ways to avoid or minimize July 4th debacles:
1. Bring pets in for the night.
2. Try to drown the fireworks out with the radio.
3. Sedate the pet, with your veterinarian’s guidance of course.
4. Invest in some Mutt Muffs (I did not come up with this name.)
And I think this should go without saying, but should you happen to have a dog with a strong hunting instinct, for God’s sake keep them away from your roman candles!
Anyone have some wild July 4th gone bad stories to share?