3 Actions Dogs Should NEVER Experience on July 4th


The Fourth of July is a scary time for many dogs. Here are three acts of cruelty which should never occur – each is downright cruel.

  • NEVER tie up the dog outside on a tether, or even keep a dog in a yard around July Fourth without adult supervision. Fearful or terrified, a dog may get out (even if you think that is not possible). And tethered dogs may panic and even choke themselves attempting to get away from the firework sounds.
  • NEVER holler or scream or punish the fearful or terrified dog or cat. All this will do is disrupt the human-animal bond and increase your pet’s anxiety. Think about it: Afraid of spiders? If you’re locked in a room with 100 creepy crawlies, and a friend hollers at you for being afraid, how does that help?
  • NEVER use drugs without input from a veterinary professional. Drugs which solely make pets sleepy, like Benadryl or acepromazine, for example, never touch the fear the pet is feeling. Now the pet is sleepy and terrified which is arguably inhumane. Also, there’s a question regarding acceptable dosage without veterinary input.

Further tips on helping terrified dogs on July 4th.