Independence Day celebrations can be fun for us, but what about our dog’s? These celebrations can be very frightening and even dangerous for our dog’s.

According to PetsAmberAlerts, an additional 30% of dog’s are lost on July 4th. What a scary thought for us dog lovers. And only 14% of those dog’s will be returned to their owners according to nationwide statistics. And worse, 30-60% of lost pets are euthanized because they cannot be properly identified. These are disturbing statistics.

Animal Friends Humane Society spokesman said, “They will bust through fences like nothing you’ve ever seen,”, she said of dog’s that scare easily. She has heard of dog’s busting through a window to escape from frightening sounds of Independence Day celebrations.

Just image thinking you are being fired upon and trying to flee to safety. I can only imagine this is what our dog’s are feeling during the incredibly loud booms and bangs of fireworks.

I myself dread Independence Day celebrations and have grown to hate fireworks. I have wonderful memories as a kid celebrating with my family and while raising my own children. The hatred is a fairly new feeling for me. I have had to decline all invitations to celebrate this holiday due to our sweet girl Gracie’s reaction to fireworks. Ten years and counting that we have been prisoners on this night. She has scratched the paint off every door in our house trying to flee, tried to break out of her crate, so much so that she had bloody paws which looked like a crime scene when we returned. She has flown thru the screen of an open window to obtain entry into the house. And usually scratches me until I am bloody. Wow, just talking about this makes me stressed.

I wish I had a magic pill or the perfect antidote to share with you, but I do not. I am sharing this with the hopes that we can make a difference in the statistics of lost dog’s on this holiday and spare us the pain of realizing our own dog is lost, something none of us want to ever experience. I have personally tried the “Thundershirt” and CBD supplements which definitely helped, but don’t get me wrong, she was not laying on the couch sleeping, but she is more manageable.

So what can we do?

  1. Make sure your dog’s have up to date ID tags.
  2. If your dog is not microchipped, talk to your vet about microchipping your dog. The procedure is quick and easy. This can “greatly” improve the chances of your dog returning home.
  3. If your dog is chipped, please take the time to verify your information on the microchip website is up to date.
  4. Making sure your dog is secure, keeping them inside if possible.

I wish you and your dog’s have a wonderful & safe holiday.

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