4th of July is one of the most anticipated holidays in the United States, Christmas being number one on the list. And what’s not to like about this holiday? Great weather, amazing food and BIG LOUD FIREWORKS! Everybody has a good time at the party, except your pets. It can be a terrifying experience for your four-legged ones if you don’t plan ahead and make sure they are safe and comfortable while you party with family and friends.
Here is three things you can do before and during your 4th of July party so your pets have a good time as well:
1. Skip The Fireworks
Let’s not kid ourselves, we can’t control everybody’s party in the neighborhood, but at least we can control our own party (for the most part). Something you can do is try using fewer fireworks. It’s not about quantity but quality. I’m sure your friends and family would still have a good time if you only use 5 fireworks instead of 30. You can also opt for quiet fireworks, yes they are a real thing. Ask for quiet fireworks at the store and if they are not available you can always buy them online. Google “Quiet Fireworks Online Store” and you can find plenty of options. Another thing you could consider is watching somebody else’s fireworks. There will be a lot of people celebrating this 4th of July, I bet that if you step outside in the right spot, you can see your neighbor’s firework show. I know that is what I will be doing.
2. Prepare A Secure Place
Planning ahead makes sure a great party doesn’t turn into a disaster party. So pick a room in the house to turn into the “emergency secure room”. It can be a room far away from where the party is set or the basement. Grab a thick blanket, the pet’s bed, a shirt with your smell, food, water, treats and a couple of toys. If you can include a TV or a radio to make some white noise it works ever better! It’s important there is nothing dangerous in the room like glass or important stuff like a family album. This way it can’t get hurt or find something important to chew on. Before the fireworks start make sure the dog is in the secure place you have prepared with a cartoon movie or nice music and plenty of chew toys.
3. Keep An Eye On The Food
If you want to keep your dog in the party there is something you should consider… keep an eye on people’s plates! With everybody talking, dancing and having a good time it is hard to see what your dog is doing. If you are not careful your dog can end up eating those chocolate cupcakes, the guacamole dip or the grapes in the fruit platter! And these things are VERY DANGEROUS for a dog to eat! The party could end with a trip to the vet if you are not careful, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. A good tip you can use at any party is to raise all food to the counters or high tables. If your dog is small enough it won’t be a blessing to reach. For bigger dogs you can use baby gates to restrain his access to the food area. Involving other people can save you big headaches. If you tell all friends and family to keep an eye on your dog and avoid leaving their plates where the dog can get to it you will have less to worry about. Something nice you can do so your dog doesn’t feel left out and people are not so tempted to feed him leftover or BBQ pieces is to purchase festive dog treats everybody can feed your dog. Now be careful on how many treats your dog eats! Too much can upset their stomachs.
I hope this three things help you plan a better, and safer 4th of July party that your dog can enjoy. It will make your dog’s day less scary and you can have a better time at the party without worrying about your dog. Let me know how you are going to celebrate this 4th of July and I would love to see pictures! You can share them trough my Facebook Page .
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