David Saks: Keep Your Pets Safe on the Fourth of July

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Keep Your Pets Safe on the Fourth of July

A friend sent this to me and I want to share it with you.

This little guy could be protecting his ears from

the loud noise and his eyes from the flash of the fireworks.

Keep Your Pets Safe

America's birthday is just a few days away, which means it's time to celebrate with barbecues, friends and family and, of course, fireworks.

While this holiday is fun and exciting for we humans, it could cause some distress for our furry friends, as it has the potential to put their well being in danger. To keep your pets safe this Fourth of July, exercise caution when it comes to: 

  • Drinks – Keep an eye on your drinks and keep pets away from them, especially tea, coffee and alcohol. Coffee and tea have compounds that can damage multiple body systems, and alcohol consumption could ultimately cause death. 
  • Human food – No matter how much they beg for your delicious cook-out food, refrain from feeding your pets table scraps because it can cause a host of gastrointestinal complications like vomitting and diarrhea. 
  • Heat – Pets don't sweat like humans do, so it is essential to keep them from overheating to prevent heat stroke, dehydration and other heat-related issues. 
  • Fireworks – Fireworks produce loud noises the can cause pets to become irritable, nervous and scared, which may result in behavioral problems. Fireworks also cause serious burns, so it's best to just keep your pets away from them. 

Remember what the Bible says:

Proverbs 12:10

"The righteous care for and regard the lives of their animals."

 יוֹדֵעַ צַדִּיק, נֶפֶשׁ בְּהֶמְתּוֹ;    וְרַחֲמֵי רְשָׁעִים, אַכְזָרִי.

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Comment balloon 12 commentsDavid Saks • July 01 2014 10:30PM


David, this is so VERY important. I used to love fireworks, but as a kid, I had no idea the impact it has on animals. It makes me so terribly sad. We have a dog who is quite afraid of them, and she is our second Golden to have issues with this. We are very close to the clubhouse where they send them up into the sky that night and of course for a couple of days afterwards....so what we do is go upstairs to our theater and watch a movie in hopes that the terrrific sound system will cover the booms. 

Animals will find places to hide, too during the fireworks.  Under desks, in closed in areas....just an FYI for those who might lose sight of their pets, maybe not knowing that they get stressed. Ours was pretty young the first time July 4th happened. She didn't react until the next year, when she was a little over a year old--so you never know. They will also run away and I've rescued some as a result. Keeping some identification on your dog is paramount, too, so that if this does happen people can get your dog back to you.


Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) about 6 years ago

Among natural and domestic habitation, fireworks and loud noise impact the quality of the lives of the animals in these surroundings..

They're little people, need love and care as we do, and deserve better.

Thank you, Gayle. Have a fine holiday.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) about 6 years ago

I love the picture, David.  Yes, the poor little guys don't know the difference between fireworks for fun and explosions.  (Then again, sometimes I don't either!)

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 6 years ago

Good morning David. This is so very important and I suggested it. You are giving important and life saving advice here. Thank you.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 6 years ago

Good Morning David! You are so right about protecting our pets and animals. They don't celebrate loud noises and sudden flashes of light. When you see it from their prospective-playing with fire that explodes- their humans must seem a little crazy.

Posted by Anna Hatridge, Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC (R Gilliam Real Estate LLC) about 6 years ago

Thanks for the reminder about taking care of our pets during the holiday weekend. Thunderstorms scare many pets, I can only imagine what they think of fireworks! Have a great 4th of July!

Posted by Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty) about 6 years ago

Dear David,
Thanks for the complete warnings. We have a veternarian living in our house now. He always has stories about the poor animals that wind up in the emergency room.
Have a happy day -

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) about 6 years ago

Thanks, Sheila, But my blogs rarely, if ever, get featured because I spend too much time focusing on real estate fraud, and they don't want to feature the blog posts of anyone who, in their censor-laden decision making process, uncovers the sordid, morally degraded, negative side of the industry. Even if it's done with the good intention of improving the business and encouraging a bit of vigilance.

Cronies get featured, usually. Rarely meritorious, noteworthy or important.

Happy fourth.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) about 6 years ago

I'm sure the little people don't like it, Anna. Nice to hear from you.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) about 6 years ago

Thanks, Joe. Hope you had a fine holiday.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) about 6 years ago

Thank you, Lynn. Have a fine week ahead.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) about 6 years ago

Thanks, Gabe. Hope you're having a great week end.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) about 6 years ago

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