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Big Dog Ranch Rescue Advises to Be Mindful of Fireworks this Fourth of July

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Fireworks prove hazardous for dogs:

Big Dog Ranch Rescue implores pet owners to act with care

Loxahatchee, FL (07/02/2019) – As South Florida residents begin planning their Fourth of July celebrations, Big Dog Ranch Rescue is putting out a plea asking that dogs be kept in mind, as there is often an increase of lost dogs following the Fourth of July. Festivities for the 4th often include fireworks and other commotion, which can be stressful for dogs or result in them getting lost. For their safety and protection, Big Dog Ranch Rescue joins the Humane Society of the United States in recommending the following:

  • Leave dogs at home and inside. Fireworks can be terrifying to dogs, even the ones who are accustomed to being around crowds and commotion.
  • Create a home sanctuary. Leave your dog in an area of your home where he or she is safe, comfortable and sheltered from any outside noise and lights. An interior room without immediate access to the outside is preferred. Playing a radio with relaxing music may help mask the sound of fireworks.
  • Dog-proof your home. When scared, some dogs may become destructive so be sure to remove anything from reach that can become damaged or may harm the dog if chewed or eaten.
  • Identification is essential. Dogs may panic, escape and become lost. Updated identification is critical to ensuring lost dogs are reunited with their families. Ideal identification is both a tag and microchip (make sure your chip is registered on a site such as www.petmicrochiplookup.org).
  • Consult a veterinarian for dogs with anxiety. Consult your veterinarian before the Fourth of July to seek out remedies to lower your dogs’s stress level if this is a known issue.

Click here for tips on what to do if your dog becomes lost.

Media Contact: Melissa Ferguson; 561.651.9147, melissa.ferguson@bdrr.org

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