With July 4th right around the corner and the summer heat in full blast, your dog is at added risk of getting lost or even hurt. These summer safety tips infographic by the ASPCA is a great reminder of how to keep your dog safe this summer.
If your dog is going to be joining you at a barbecue or spending time outdoors this summer, make sure you have plenty of water available and shade. Some dogs even need sunscreen. And remember, never leave your pet unattended in a car – heatstroke can happen in just five minutes.
Summer Safety Tips for the 4th of July
But leave your dog at home if you’re attending July 4th fireworks shows. For dogs with thunder or noise phobia, fireworks festivities are a huge source of stress. In addition, more dogs go missing on July 4th than any other day of the year. Should your dog go missing, download the ASPCA’s Pet Safety App for Lost Pets. This free app lets you:
- Build a lost pet digital flyer that can be shared instantly on your social media channels.
- Receive a personalized missing pet recovery kit, including step-by-step instructions on how to search for a lost animal in a variety of circumstances.
- Get the latest and most relevant news about pets and animal welfare
- Access critical advice on what to do with your pet before, during, and after a major storm—even if there’s no data connectivity.
- Store and manage your pet’s critical health records.
If your dog does have noise phobia, be prepared for the fireworks. There are many products on the market that can help ease your dog’s fear, such as The Thundershirt or Calm Pet. Also, check out our post on The Thundershirt versus the Anxiety Wrap for an honest review of both products.
Finally, make sure your dog’s ID and microchip information is up to date. Have a happy and safe summer and 4th of July!