Sing it with me!
Well, Fourth of July isn’t really that horrible a time in general, unless you happen to live in the US and you are a noise-phobic dog. Then, well, then it’s pretty scary.
To us, July 4th is corn on the cob, barbecues and pyrotechnics set to the booming tones of the 1812 Overture. To your dog, man, it is armageddon. The sounds. The vibrations. The yelling. The sulfurous smell of gunpowder. No wonder it’s the most common night for pets to run away.
I have heard and seen horror stories from pets who have not just panicked, but just about lost their minds with overwhelming anxiety. Dogs who have weathered thunderstorms without a thought break through glass doors, scale fences, hang themselves on leashes, get hit by cars. Pets die.
If you’re leaving your dog at home because you’re heading down to the town fireworks display (and leaving her at home is definitely the right choice), make sure the house is secure. Leave the radio on. Have Grandpa dogsit. I don’t want anyone e-mailing me on the 5th with a horrible tale, ok?
I’m posting this reminder early for this reason: if you have a particularly fearful dog or cat, you still have time to get into your vet and get two important things: 1. a microchip, and 2. sedatives.
Be safe! Anyone have any super awesome plans?