The fourth of July is a time of fun, enjoyment, celebration, and unfortunately, fireworks. If you are a dog parent whose dog is unaffected by the bombs bursting in air, rejoice! Millions of dogs are petrified of loud sounds and the fourth of July only adds to their misery. Here are seven summer safety tips to keep in mind and share this time of year (and all summer long):
Loud noises like fireworks are one of the top reasons pets go missing, so secure your pet in an escape-proof place. If your pet does go missing, download the ASPCA app for a free step-by-step digital toolkit to help find your pet: www.ASPCAapp.org.
Paws and Pads
A dog’s pads cannot always protect them from hot pavement and they can be burned or harmed. It is a myth that a dog’s pads protect them from all elements of weather. Though a dog’s pads contain much fatty tissue that does not freeze as easily as other tissues, protection against scuffing, burning, scraping, cutting, and hot damage is crucial in summer months.
We use Musher’s Secret a few times a week year round as a barrier on our dog’s paw pads. It is a food-grade wax for dog paws/pads that acts as an invisible boot. Developed in Canada for sledding dogs, apply a thin coat on pads and between toes, weekly. It dries in seconds and does not stain, is nontoxic, non-allergenic and priced starting at $12, depending on size. Good on hot pavement, sand and sand burn, snow and ice, salt and chemicals.
Bonus Product: We recently discovered Dr. Harvey’s Healing Cream, which is combination of healing herbs in a base of shea butter. This cream is used for minor skin irritations, hot spots, rashes, cuts, sunburn and itching.
Dogs are Not Natural Born Swimmers
Vehicles Can Kill
Even with the windows open an inch, a car’s temperature can reach over 100° in 10 minutes on an 85 degree day. This is extremely dangerous, even deadly, to anyone inside, especially a pet. Every year the warnings go out, and every year people make the fatal mistake of leaving a dog in the car. Please don’t do it. Even a few minutes can be deadly. Know the signs of heat exhaustion and dehydration (excessive panting, increased heart rate, and weakness). Seek emergency care if a dog is at all in distress.