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Infographic demonstrates dangers for pets on July 4th

One of my biggest concerns this coming week is the upcoming 4th of July holiday. Having been through the awful experience of having lost a dog this past November, I can’t help but worry and wonder – how many pets will be lost this coming 4th of July?

For those of us with dogs who are already afraid, protecting them and keeping them away from fireworks is a no-brainer. We already know that our pets (like my Daisy) suffer greatly when the fireworks begin – panting, drooling, shaking, pacing and hiding, all are symptoms of a dog who is afraid of fireworks.  For owners like us, our goal is to simply keep them safe and get them through the event with the least amount of stress possible.

But the pets I most worry about are the ones who have never displayed symptoms of fear when fireworks have gone off in the past. These are the dogs that many owners think are safe to bring to a fireworks display or to walk at night or in the day as they are going off in the neighborhood. These are the dogs that no one expects to bolt and run, but as statistics show, they do.

That’s why I was so happy to discover that PetAmberAlert.com had created and shared the infographic below, showing how many pets are lost on the 4th of July, and how few of them ever make it back home. I encourage you to share it with your friends and to go to the PetAmberAlert.com page to find out more information.

Please, please please – encourage your friends and family members to leave their pets at home this 4th of July. Yes, it’s always nice when we can enjoy a beautiful day with our pets, but on this one holiday I ask that you please do your pet, and you, a favor. Keep them home. Keep them safe.

Trust me, you don’t want to go through what I went through when I lost my dog.

(My personal thanks to Neil over at Life with Cats for sharing this.)

Some additional stats:

In 2010 and 2011, Lost Dogs of Wisconsin had 25 dogs posted to their site as lost the day after July 4th.*

Lost Dogs Illinois had 34 dogs that were reported in that same time period.*

*The average number of lost dogs on these sites is about 3-4 per day (these are averages, particular days may actually have more than that, depending on the day).


Lost Dogs – MN

SE MN’s Lost/Found Pet Page

Lost Shelties MN

Lost Dogs of Wisconsin

Lost Dogs Illinois

  1. July 1, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    Excellent post!

    • Mel
      July 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      Thanks Sue!

  2. July 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    I am saving this one! (well, I save most of them!!!) Thanks for all you do, Mel.

  3. To Shea
    July 1, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Great and a well thought out posting Mel…:-)
    Our Girl Penny is Afraid of fireworks too, we do our best to comfort her.
    We used to go out to see the fireworks shows, but we knew Penny was frightened, so now we stay home to help her feel more comfortable and safe.
    Again…Great Posting and Thank You
    Penny, Alexander and my Wife Trish

  4. July 1, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Love that chart! You’d think by now humans would have figured this out, but apparently not……. *sigh*

  5. Jen
    July 2, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Awesome and important post Mel! During the 4th of July weekend we always get so many fliers at the vet of pets that were lost during the week. It is so sad and so preventable!

  6. snoopys@snoopysdogblog
    July 3, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Great post, the Fireworks sure are pretty scary!!

    Wags to all,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  7. July 3, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Floating in my kayak on the lake last night (fireworks come early to our small town) listening to the booms echo off the hills, I was glad Honey was safe at home. Even a dog who isn’t scared by loud noises can get spooked by such a cacophony.

    I wonder if fireworks fear can develop unexpectedly as well. I was reading Dr. Nicholas Dodman recently who stated that 7 years old is the average time at which dogs become frightened of thunderstorms. Could it be the same for fireworks? Maybe some dogs develop their fears later in life and surprise their people.

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