Dog Bite Liability: Keeping your Pets and Guests Safe on the 4th
As the 4th of July nears, many pet owners are excited to have their dogs join in their festivities; whether they are hosting a party at home or going down to the beach to watch fireworks. While it may seem natural to have your four-legged family members join in the fun, there are many safety considerations to keep in mind, to not only keep your pets safe, but any guests you may have over for a 4th of July party.
For example, it’s imperative to remember that not too many dogs are fond of fireworks. As loud as they are for human ears, they are even more powerful for your canine’s sensitive ears. High pitched fireworks such as Piccolo Petes are especially annoying for a dog. Not only can it hurt their ears, but it may startle them and cause them to bolt; which if they are leashed, could result in injuries to the dog as well as whoever is on the other end of that leash. Preventing your dog from being exposed to fireworks all together is the best option to reduce dog bite liability risks, however this may not be possible; therefore it’s important to take appropriate precautions for your dog.
Below are some other pet safety tips from the ASPCA, for anyone thinking of throwing a 4th of July party.
Don’t leave alcoholic drinks within your pets’ reach. Alcohol is poisonous to pets, and can cause severe, life-threatening symptoms.
Don’t apply sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet. Not only can the ingestion of these products induce illness in your dog, the ingredients used in these products may irritate their skin.
Keep your pets on their normal diet. It may be tempting to slip your pooch an extra hot dog or some potato chips, but eating excesses of people food can do more harm than good when it comes to their digestive system.
Only accessorize your pets with items that are specifically designed for them. Bandanas or stretchy collars from the pet store are likely going to be fine for a dog, but it’s important to resist the temptation to dress them up with things like glow jewelry or bow ties that might have wires in them that can injure them if they are startled or decide to chew on them.
Keep your dog in a secured area. If your dog does bolt due to fear of fireworks, you’ll want to make sure that they can only get as far as the backyard gate, or in the house if possible. In fact, if your dog doesn’t already have a quiet place to recede to, this is a good holiday to create an area that they can go to where they won’t be bothered by the noise; perhaps you could set up their bedding in an unused guest room.
The most important thing to remember about dogs and party safety is that taking the above mentioned steps doesn’t only protect your dog, but it protects your guests as well. An ill or scared dog has the potential to bite, no matter how friendly they usually are. At the Federation of Insured Dog Owners (FIDO), we offer the Covered Canine Policy, a low-cost dog bite liability insurance product that offers protection for dog owners in the event their dog bites an individual and causes harm. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.