The 4th of July just wouldn’t be the 4th of July without fireworks. But while we are enjoying the brilliant bursts of color, most dogs aren’t so enthusiastic about the noise and commotion.
Be sure to keep your pup indoors and play calming music or turn up the TV a bit to help drown out the noise. If they feel more comfortable hiding under the bed or in their crate, let them do so. And, even if you have a fenced yard, if your dog needs to go outside to do his/her business, take them out on a leash. It’s not uncommon for a dog to get spooked by fireworks and jump the fence.
Your body language can also tell a dog that there is no reason to be afraid. So remaining calm, cool and collected will go a long way to helping soothe your pooch.
The next two days in New Jersey are going to be hot! hot! hot! While we may be looking forward to working on our tans, we’re also going to be uncomfortable in high 90 degree temperatures and so will our dogs.
So in preparation for the warmer months to come, here are a few things to keep in mind to keep your dog happy, healthy and comfortable.
♦ It’s best to go for walks early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler. Remember if you are walking your dog at night to carry a flash light and put a reflector vest on them and you.
♦ Should your furry friend be joining you at an outdoor BBQ, bring along a bowl and fill it often with cool water. There are plenty of travel bowls out there that fold up to fit in your pocket. Check your local pet store for options.
♦ If you and your dog have to be out in the heat of the day, be sure to find a nice shade tree to cool off.
♦ Short-haired dogs can get sunburn so apply sunblock at least a half-an-hour before going outdoors.
Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your furry family friends. Remember to prepare for those days when the temperatures are high, use common sense and always contact your vet should you be concerned about their health.