Why would dogs like fireworks? They're loud, they smell bad and smart as your Marley (at right ) may be, he just doesn't get the link between the founding of our country and that terrifying boom.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) has lots of tips for keeping your pet safe over the Fourth of July and other holidays. Among them:
- Leave your dog at home when you go to see fireworks. If he's crate trained, you might put him there, where he feels the safest.
- Don't feed your dog from the picnic table or grill. Bones, potato chips and cookies could make him sick.
- No matter how fun the party gets, never give your dog alcohol.
- Remember that, while the beach seems like a treat for you, a hot day on the sand can leave your dog sunburned, dehydrated and sick from drinking salt water. Follow the AKC's guidelines to keep your pet healthy and happy throughout the summer.
Marley and his friends will thank you.