Watch Your Dog During Fireworks, Thunderstorms

BY  |  Sunday, Jul 03, 2011 9:21pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

Many dogs freak out during fireworks displays and thunderstorms and will try to escape your home or yard. It is worth the effort to secure screen doors and gates, check for places the dog can slip through, and block them. Some dogs will make sophisticated efforts to escape. If your pet does manage to escape, here are some important numbers you should have:

Bloomfield Police (24-hr. non-emergency) 973-680-4141, Bloomfield Animal Shelter 973-748-0194.

Glen Ridge Police 973-748-5400; Glen Ridge will soon be using Bloomfield Animal Control again.

Montclair Police 973-744-1234, Montclair Animal Shelter 973-744-8600

East Orange Police 973-266-5000, Newark Associated Humane 973-824-7080 (used by several towns in Essex County)

If you are in or near an Essex County Park such as Brookdale, Watsessing or Branchbrook, the Sheriff will need to be called 973-621-4111; Associated Humane 973-824-7080 (also used by the County).

If you are in the county parks, your first call should be to the Essex County Sheriff as they have jurisdiction in the parks.


  1. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  July 04, 2011 @ 6:50 am

    You should know the schedule for local fireworks and not take your dog out for a walk or let your dog out in the backyard while they are going on.

    We use Bach Flower Remedies for both fireworks and thunderstorms. We used to use Petcalm (malatonin) but it left our pooch druged and groggy. The we found the Flower remedies. First we used Rescue Remedy and now we use Rock Rose (for terror)on our 13 year old German Shorthaired Pointer.

    Currently, the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy are using the Bach Flower Essences to remedy motion sickness, fear, victim’s of shock and terror and such. Floral essences produce chemicals in the body that make pets feel at ease in as little as 30 minutes.

    It’s an easy dosing – a little water- 5-7 drops of the flower remedy that get rubbed on the dogs gums.

    Bach Flower Remedies are available at Whole Foods.

  2. POSTED BY Mrs Martta  |  July 04, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    Thanks for the information, Pat.

  3. POSTED BY montclairgirl  |  July 07, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

    Not sure where to post this but I just saw a large dog, white with black spots running down the railroad tracks north by Mountain Place in Upper Montclair. Tried to call to him but he just kept running. I feel so bad because the trains are running by at high speed at this hour.

  4. POSTED BY johnleesandiego  |  July 07, 2011 @ 6:21 pm

    send it to [email protected] …. I also am tweeting it now so that others might get it to the right people

  5. POSTED BY montclairgirl  |  July 07, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

    Thanks John. I called MPD and they said no one reported a dog missing. I also left a message at Montclair animal shelter.

  6. POSTED BY johnleesandiego  |  July 07, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    word is out there and others have retweeted it so I am sure things are going to work out – and some dog is going to get into SO MUCH TROUBLE when he gets home

  7. POSTED BY Mrs Martta  |  July 08, 2011 @ 10:55 am

    Pet items should be sent to [email protected].

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