This time of year, you’re likely letting the stars and stripes fly and firing up the grill in anticipation of the 4th of July. And while this is a great time of year for spending time with friends and family and celebrating this amazing country of ours, it’s not always a walk in the park for your pooch.

In fact, the 4th of July can be a really tough day for dogs, not only because of the noise and flashing of spontaneous fireworks, but also because of the heat and crowds that are common during the holiday. If you’re looking to help keep your dog safe – and feel safe – we’ve got some tips for you.

Keep them inside.

While your home might not be exactly soundproof, those walls will help dramatically to dull the scary explosions caused by fireworks going off around the neighborhood.

Additionally, by being kept indoors, your dog has a semblance of a “safe space” even if the sounds outside of the house are a bit scary. Don’t leave your tied up outside. You might think this is a safe method, but spooked dogs often break through restraints and even hop over fences.

Leave them at home.

You might be tempted to include the whole family when you head out to the lake or downtown to view community firework displays, but don’t assume the dog will want to be part of that.

Even if your pet is accustomed to spending time outside or in crowds, they’re likely not used to being outside, in crowds amongst explosions.

Your pet could very well freak out and take off – or even act out violently. Additionally, this time of year, being out in the heat is just as hard – if not harder – on your dog as it is on you.

Keep the alcohol away.

The 4th of July is all about barbecues and parties. That said, if you’re having a kegger at home, don’t leave alcohol anywhere your dog can get to it.

Consuming alcohol could make your dog become dangerously intoxicated and can even cause coma and death. Additionally, any alcohol consumption could make your dog dehydrated, which is already a danger in the July heat.

Treat alcohol as if you have children at the party and keep it out of your pets’ reach.

Make sure your dog is identified.

While you can do a lot to make sure your pet is safe and sound on the 4th, you can’t preempt every danger or risk. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your pet has proper identification on them at all times.

If you’ve been considering a microchip identifier for your pet, now is a great time to go through with it. But at the least, make sure your dog is wearing a collar with your contact information clearly on it.

Only use pet-specific insect repellent.

Just like you and I, pets hate pesky insects and bugs. And this time of year, those biting, stinging critters are out in spades. It’s a great idea to arm your doggie with insect repellent, but if you do, make sure it’s formulated especially for pets.

What’s not toxic to humans can actually harm your doggie, causing vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration and lethargy. Talk to your vet if you have any questions about what to use.

Only use a responsible, quality boarding service.

Leaving town for the 4th? Great! But before you leave your pet behind, you’ll want to make sure it’s in the hands of a responsible, loving boarding service.

You don’t want to worry about your pet while you’re away, and with Doggie District, you don’t have to! We’ll make sure your pooch stays – and feels – safe and at home. Give us a call to check availability today.

So how are you celebrating the 4th?