The fourth of July is the bomb for most of us humans , but for our pets it can be one of the most stressful days of the year. The fireworks displays and the associated loud noises and bright lights may mimic thunder and lightning which many animals are deathly afraid of. Often dogs will panic while searching for cover or trying to escape, or may exhibit some very destructive behavior such as chewing furniture or other household items into tiny un-recognizable pieces. That is why it is imperative to keep your pets inside to help them cope with the chaos outside and it also eliminates the chances of an escape. Below are some tips to keep your furry family members safe and secure while you enjoy the Independence day festivities.
-Keep your pet’s indoors in a safe, secure environment.
-Play classical or other soothing music as this helps drown out the noise from the fireworks outside.
– Surround your pet with things that may help calm them such as a favorite toy, a new chew treat and their favorite bedding .
– Turning on a T.V and even using a fan to help with background noise can be useful.
– If you need to take your dog outside to use the restroom be sure to keep them on a leash and armed with a microchip and/or collar ID tags should they get loose.
– If your pet gets especially stressed or your neighborhood celebrates the fourth on a particularly grandiose scale, then you may want to talk to your veterinarian about the use of a tranquilizer such as Acepromazine or a homeopathic product such as rescue remedy to aid your pet.
– Please keep in mind that your beloved pet really does not want to be with you at your local park for the festivities. Wait until you return home and then take him/her on a nice quiet walk, watch an old movie together and just heap on some extra TLC.
– Never leave your pet in a parked car. Especially on the Fourth of July during a fireworks extravaganza. Your dog may get anxious and panic in response to the noises outside and decide to eat your seats or dashboard as an evening snack. This is very detrimental to your pet’s health and your wallet.
Have a spectacular, safe, fourth of July!
Greg Castle DVM