Mom and Pop and the kids may like the explosive colors and the booming blasts of Fourth of July fireworks. However, one member of the family most likely doesn’t—the family bow-wow.
Dogs seem especially sensitive to—and frightened by—fireworks.
Just before the Fourth of July every year veterinarians and other animal experts remind dog owners they should protect family pets against fireworks noise that can create behavior problems.
The Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley has a basic list of do’s and don’t’s for dog owners on the Fourth of July.
l Don’t take dogs to fireworks displays. Bangs and booms of explosions can panic animals whose hearing is sensitive to loud noise.
l If the family is attending a fireworks display, leave the dog in the house, not outside and unattended in the yard. Some dogs will run away if they hear distant fireworks.
l Make sure the family dog has a collar with identification tags so the owner can be located if he runs away.
l Beware of leaving glow sticks and other fireworks where dogs can grab and chew on them.
l Don’t ignite fireworks near dogs—some animals lunge for the colorful explosions and injure themselves.
The shelter has said dog owners should also consult their veterinarian if they believe their pet is unusually excitable during July Fourth fireworks activities and may need a tranquilizer.