Fireworks are the ultimate symbol of the 4th of July holiday. Fireworks are exciting and thrilling for humans, but they can cause your dog extreme anxiety. Your dog may become anxious or fearful due to the loud noises and brilliant lights of fireworks, but don't worry—we have some practical tips to help you keep your furry friends safe and sound during the July 4th celebrations.
Prepare For Fireworks
Suppose your pet has a phobia of fireworks, and you plan on leaving them at home while you attend a party, parade, or fireworks show. In that case, VCA Animal Hospitals suggests teaching them some coping mechanisms in advance.
Create a haven in advance: Pick a room where your pet feels most comfortable and where the noise and light from the 4th of July fireworks won't bother them as much.
Drown out the noise:
- Put your pet in a safe room.
- Turn on some music.
- Lock the entrances and windows.
Give them lots of things to do: Bring extra of your pet's favorite toys or tuck a few treats into toys to keep them occupied during the party.
Aromatherapy Can Help Your Dog Relax
Many treatments can help your dog feel less stressed. If the anxiety is severe, ask your doctor about getting a prescription. If you can't find anything over-the-counter that allows, consider using a lavender aromatherapy oil spray at home. Sprinkle his garment and an item you can tie securely about their neck, such as a bandana.
Exercise Your Furry Friend
Exhaust your dog with exercise. Let your dog go for a lengthy walk or run, or bring them to the dog park at least three to four hours before the party begins. Playing catch with your dog is another fun and effective method to tire him out; give it a go for at least half an hour or until he is completely worn out. By letting go of pent-up tension now, he'll be less likely to feel overwhelmed by the intensity of the fireworks on July 4th.
Give Them Plenty To Think About
You could distract your dog with cuddles or games from the noise of the fireworks. Consider distracting them with a toy, like an icy treat or a rawhide, to take his mind off of what's going on. They may listen to music or watch a show to drown out the explosions and applause.
Ensure Your Companion has Identification Tags
If you insist on bringing your canines to the fireworks (not advisable), ensure they are microchipped and sporting an ID collar. If your dog becomes startled, it could run away. Keep your dog under control by keeping him on a leash and safe away from the fireworks area.
Find a Pet Sitter For Your Dog
When attending large events like parties, parades, or fireworks shows, keeping your pets with a responsible person at home is best. There is a significant possibility of pets becoming frightened and running away due to loud explosions, strange surroundings, and crowds.
Search For Missing Dogs Immediately
Don't waste any time if your pet goes missing. Investigate the possibility that your pet was brought into one of your area's local animal shelters or veterinary clinics. Share your lost pet's photo and description on social media, in your local community, and Nextdoor.
It's essential to make sure your dog stays safe this Independence Day.
If you follow these guidelines, your dog will be secure, fearless, and ready for whatever the 4th of July may bring.