While 4th of July is one of our favorite Holidays, it can be a time of stress and anxiety for our furry friends. The loud fireworks and random high pitch screeching noises are can be very alarming and frightening for them. In this article we’ll discuss some helpful preventative measures and safety tips to ensure your pup gets through this night of celebration and fun in the safest way possible.
Tips #1 – Keep Your Pet Securely Leashed at All Times
Dogs are known to react unexpectedly to loud noises. It’s not unlikely that they’ll panic and start running at a high speed in an unknown direction because of the startling sound of a firework or boom.
In the case that your dog is in an area with fireworks, make sure their leash is secure and that aren’t able to bolt away. It’s not uncommon for them to break restraints and even jump over fences. To take the ultimate preventative measure, make sure they’re indoors. For those of you with an invisible fence or underground fence, as they’re commonly called, be sure to test everything to ensure it’s working correctly. You may even want to consider turning these off on the night of the 4th just in case your dog spooks into running out of bounds.
Tip #2 – Keep Alcohol & Snacks Away From Pets
Alcohol is poisonous to dogs so make sure that they aren’t anywhere near drinks that can spill or tip over which may result in them licking it up. The best way to do this is to keep them in a kennel, cage or separate room. In the case that they do consume some alcohol, make sure to call your Vet or Pet Poison’s helpline immediately. (You can reach them at 855-764-766)
Other human snacks like cheese or desserts can also be potentially threatening to your dog so this is another reason to ensure they’re away in a safe room or locked in their cage to prevent the ingestion of human foods.
Tip #3 – Close Windows, Curtains and Blinds
While you may want your furry friend to accompany you or your family for 4th of July, it’s best to keep them indoors in a quiet, safe room. Close all windows, curtains and blinds. It’s a good idea to even throw up a blanket or two around the windows to provide additional insulation from noise and light.
You can also turn on a classical radio station or one from Youtube that is specifically designed to help dogs relax. Turning on fans, air-conditioners or dehumidifiers to help drown out the sounds of fireworks.
Tip #4 – Spend some time With Them To Help Them Relax
You can’t forget about your furry friend during all the ruckus and fun. When fireworks do start to go off, it’s a good idea to spend some time with your dog, petting them and speaking soothingly to help them relax.
Remember that they look at you as a source of authority so if you spend time with them letting them know everything is okay, it will help ease their stress and anxiety.
Tip #5 – Look For Signs of Extreme Stress
Fireworks can be a very scary thing for your pets. Lookout for signs of extreme stress like shaking, howling, panting, dilated pupils, digging, relentless chewing or crying. If you do notice any of these signs make sure you spend some time with your fido to help calm them down and ease their stress. Spend enough time with them helping them to relax and calm down.
It’s always a good idea to talk to your veterinarian before fireworks season to get any recommendations or tips based on your pets specific health conditions or breed. In some instances, you may have to consider specific tools, training regimens or medications to ensure your pup safely gets through the holiday season.