The 4th of July is almost upon us. Family, friends, picnics, beach time, and fireworks will be a part of most of our celebrations. Remember to stop and think of the one who may not be too excited about the fireworks: your Pug. Fireworks may frighten them. If that is so you want to help them during this time of celebration:
1. Make sure your pug has an ID on. If your pug was to get loose or lost during a get-together, you want to make sure they can be identified with an up-to-date ID collar or tag or microchip. Don’t assume that there is no way your pug can get loose in the event of commotion you can never tell. It is better to expect the worst and hope for the best.
2. Keep the matches and lighter fluid out of reach also. Matches could contain chlorate which is damaging to blood cells and possibly can cause kidney disease. The lighter fluid can irritate the pug’s skin. If ingested is could cause GI problems and even affect the central nervous system. Inhaling the lighter fluid can also cause breathing difficulties such as insect oils which are not good consider pugs are a brachial breed that already has breathing issues.
3. Keep all alcoholic drinks out of reach of your pug. Make sure that your guests also keep all alcoholic drinks out of reach of your pug. Any alcohol whether beer, wine or liquor is poisons your pug. Pending on how much is ingested; your pug can become very intoxicated and can even slip into a coma or possibly death
4. Keep your citronella candles, oils, and insect coils out of reach of your pug. If your pug ingests any one of these items it could cause stomach irritation and potentially, central nervous system symptoms. Inhaling the oil can cause breathing difficulties which are not good consider pugs are a brachial breed that already has breathing issues.
5. Do not apply any human sunscreen or insect repellent to your pug. There are sunscreen and insect repellent out in the market specifically for your pug, so please make sure they are used. If you are to use human sunscreen or repellant your pug may ingest in which could cause excessive thirst, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. Insect repellents containing DEET can cause neurological problems in pets.
6. Do not allow you pug to wear the glow in the dark jewelry. If your pug ingest if could cause intestinal blockage or other GI problems.
7. If you are to dress your pug be mindful of what type and how long. Remember your pug has fur so they will get hot and possibly over heat. You want to make sure your pug is comfortable and is not restricted.
8. When it is time for the fireworks, please take your pug to a safe place. The sounds of the fireworks going off will frighten them, make the uncomfortable and possible spook them to where they will ran away until they feel safe.
9. You also want your pug at a safe distance to not to be injured by the fireworks. Remember that your pug’s fur coat is highly flammable. Keep your fireworks stored up and away of your pugs reach. Pugs may swallow unexploded firecrackers. ,
10. Bring your pugs in when it starts to get dark. It is best to put them in a safe place and turn on a TV or radio so they are not able to hear the continuous sounds of fireworks going off. You may be done with your celebration but others may not be.
Remember if a pug was to become frightened, even if they are in their own fenced yard they may not feel they are safe. Pugs may panic causing them to attempt an escape from their yard, and those that succeed can run away, be hit by a car, or stolen by a stranger. It is best to take the time to make a stress free plan now before anything was to happen. Again, it is better to be safe than sorry. So stop and plan ahead for your pug.
Have a happy and safe 4th of July.