We hope everyone will have a safe and fun Fourth of July! We hope you will take time to appreciate America and all of her freedoms. While fireworks are beautiful and fun for the family, your pets will tend to find them scary and stressful. More pets runaway on the Fourth of July than any other day so you should take extra steps to insure their safety.
It is natural for pets to be frightened by loud noises. Dogs experience the world through their senses—nose, eyes, and ears. Through their senses fireworks can be terrifying; loud clashes close to the ground, vibrant flashes and burning smells. The typical Fourth of July celebration can be overwhelming! Their survival instincts tell them to “fight or flight” leading many pets to run away from the loud, stressful noises.
Here are a few tips to keep your pet safe during this year’s festivities:
Make sure your pet gets some exercise!
The day of the festivities take your dog for a walk or maybe a longer walk. By providing them with more exercise you will help them to stay calm when the fireworks start.
Prepare your pet a safe space!
Arrange to have your pet in a place where there won’t be loud fireworks displays, inside away from the noise. Have their favorite toys, bed, and kennel ready for them to wait out the commotion. If you dog is familiar with a doggie day care you can arrange for them to stay the weekend, but, only if they feel comfortable in this space.
Feed your pet a big meal!
If you feed your pet a big meal one to two hours before the celebration he will feel more relaxed and content. Just as you like to take a long nap after a big dinner so do they!
Cuddle your companion!
If you are able to be with your pet during the fireworks make sure you remain calm and at ease. Your pet will feed off of your energy and act in the same manner you do. If you are not able to be with your pet, research a ThunderShirt that provides pets with a continuous “hug” to keep them feeling safe and secure.
Distract your pet!
Whether your pet is a fan of cartoons or the news leave the TV or radio on inside to drown out the loud booms from the fireworks. You can also make sure your pet has an interactive toy such as a bone or a peanut butter Kong.
Proper Pet Identification!
One of the most important things you can do is make sure your pet is wearing the proper identification, or better yet, is micro-chipped! If by chance your pet does get lose these items will increase the chances of you getting back your furry friend.
Please have a safe and happy Fourth of July. And remember, your four-legged family member does not enjoy fireworks and would prefer to be inside!
God Bless America!