Don't Believe What They Are Telling You, Your Dog Doesn't Want To Go To The Fireworks

Don’t Believe What They Are Telling You, Your Dog Does Not Want to Go To The Fireworks.

(or the parade, the picnic, the bonfire, the art fair or the party)



"Zelda preparing for the summer holidays"

A friend hosted her daughter’s wedding shower at her home recently. It took months of preparation, caterers hired, tents ordered, and many household improvements were completed right  up to the big day. The house and the yard were perfect. The morning of the shower her other two daughters arrived with their dogs. The girls explained that certainly the pups were part of the family too and the dogs so wanted to come along, they couldn’t bear to leave them home. Since the majority of the affair was to be outdoors it was decided that the dogs would remain inside.This seemed to work well until midway through the party when panicked caterer pulled my friend aside and exclaimed that one of the dogs had met with some sort of cataclysmic accident, the final thing she heard him say was, ‘there is blood every where’. 


In fact there was blood everywhere, in the kitchen and on the walls, through the newly decorated living room, the hallway and into the finished basement. Carpets, walls, furniture were all spattered with blood. Fortunately, at the end of the macabre trail of blood, there were two very happy dogs with wagging tails. Each tail had been wagging continuously since the beginning of the party, and there were so many guests to greet. Tails, like any other part of the body, once damaged will bleed and these dogs each had long skinny tails and very exuberant personalities. At our hospital we refer to this as, Happy Tail. Happy tail happens when a superficial injury occurs, begins bleeding, but the dog continues to wag the tail, damaging it more and more, spraying blood everywhere. Needless to say the pups are not going to be invited to the wedding.


I love to take my dog with me when I go places. She travels with our family on vacation, when possible, and we often go for walks in area parks, car rides to run errands, and sometimes in our town visiting the ice cream parlor. However, even though our pets may greet the opportunity to go with us with great enthusiasm, there are places that ultimately they are not going to enjoy and possibly they will be put at risk of grave injury. 

Fireworks displays and parades are great fun, but the loud noises and crowds are terrifying to your dog. The largest number of lost dogs are typically reported over the 4th of July holiday (PRWEB, JUNE 29, 2012). One good scare and even a running small dog can be very hard to catch. Also, one visit to fireworks or a loud noise at a parade may result in a dog with a life long noise phobia that will result in many difficulties for the pet and the owners alike.


Most every dog needs some type of supervision. Going to parties with your dog may seem like a great idea, but being placed in a new environment while you are distracted may result in a visit to the emergency room or worse. People attending parties love to give dogs treats and dogs often manage to get into the trash and eat off unattended plates. Even the most hardy dog can easily develop gastroenteritis (vomiting and diarrhea), pancreatitis or intestinal obstructions as a result of eating unusual foods and bones. Sometimes these conditions can be life threatening and costly to treat. 


Other hazards at parties include alcohol exposure, cigarettes and marijuana as well as other drugs. Purses and backpacks left on the floor are fun to investigate, but might contain prescription medications or sugarless gum (potentially fatal xylitol toxicity). Unfortunately, we have seen each of these scenarios play out at our hospital more than once. 


Injuries from dog fights, propellers from boats, jumping from or in front of ATV’s and heat stroke are additional dangers. There is certainly nothing wrong with taking your pet out to visit friends and family, but be prepared to have the added responsibility of their supervision or confine them somewhere safe when you are otherwise pre-occupied. 


Art fairs and music festivals often are during the summer months. Taking your pet to walk through crowds on hot asphalt can risk heat stroke, burned paws, dehydration and injury. Have you ever seen a dog on a leash at an art fair having fun?


We all enjoy spending time with our dogs and they should definitely have opportunities to travel with you and go places. However, dog owners have a responsibility to be their pets guardian, making good choices so they can remain safe and healthy. Sometimes the right choice is to allow your dog to stay in the comfort and safety of their home. 




Posted on July 02, 2017
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