Fireworks cause dogs to panic and flee, and can also cause poisoning if ingested. Follow these safety tips to help keep your pets safe this Fourth of July.
The Fourth of July is one of the leading times of year that cause lost dogs. Many pets exhibit flight behaviors when exposed to fireworks, or hear them from a distance. This behavior could lead to unsafe situations for you and your family. This Fourth of July, make sure your pets are safe.
When unused and used fireworks are ingested, they are poisonous to pets. Fireworks contain hazardous chemicals such as potassium nitrate, which is an oxidizing agent. They can also contain charcoal or sulfur and coloring agents, which are potentially dangerous heavy metals. When ingested, pets can develop gastrointestinal issues like vomiting, a painful abdomen, and bloody diarrhea. The severity of pet health issues resulting from ingestion will depend on the type of fireworks and the amount that was ingested. Pets ingesting large amounts can suffer tremors or seizures, along with acute kidney failure, bone marrow changes, shallow breathing and jaundice, which is yellowing of the skin.
Fireworks associated with the Fourth of July may create a flight reaction in pets. Additionally, as a result of having guests over, the opening and closing of doors and gates increase a dog’s chance of escaping a house or yard.
- If You Lose Your Dog
- Do not follow a loose dog into traffic or unsafe situations.
- If you have lost your dog, contact the Lombard Police Department and DuPage County Animal Control. Lombard Officers will attempt to find the owners of dogs based on tags and microchip information. Dogs are brought to local animal hospitals before being turned over to DuPage County Animal Control. Sharing photos on Facebook and other social media pages has also been proven helpful.
- If You Find a Lost Dog
- Dial 9-1-1 and an officer will be dispatched the scene. Do not approach a scared dog, as they may act defensively and create an unsafe situation.
- Again, posting images of the dog on social media pages could help locate an owner.
- Prevent Your Dog From Getting Lost
- Ensure all gates and doors remain properly latched or locked.
- Make sure your dog is wearing a collar with tags and has a microchip with updated information.
- The American Kennel Club provides information on how to help your dog cope with fireworks.
- Additionally, the Animal Human Society provides tips on how to prevent your best friend from getting lost including making sure your pet is wearing a collar with ID, and have your pet microchipped. If your pet is already microchipped, make sure that the information associated with your pet’s chip is accurate and up to date.