Boom pop clash!
Red streaks shoot into the sky and shimmer with flecks of gold into Agate Pass. Its 9:30 at night in mid June and my little town in upstate Washington has already started to celebrate Independence Day. We have three dogs in our house and we are starting our preparation for the month of fireworks that will come. This is a very stressful time for animals, as they do not associate the noise, flashes, and burning smell of pyrotechnics with celebration. Many pets are terrified of fireworks and often panic at the loud and unfamiliar noises. This is why I have put together 10 tips to help your dog get through the holiday with as little stress as possible.
10 tips to prepare your dog for the 4th of July.
- Make sure all of your dogs have proper identification tags, as they might try to flee when they hear the loud noises. July 5th is the busiest day of the year for most animal shelters, and animal control estimates they are 30% busier on the days following July 4th than they are on any other days of the year.
- Take a current photo of your animal just in case they do break away, and you need to take steps to find them.
- Give your pet a nice long walk or some extra play time Fourth of July Morning, an exhausted pet will be less likely to get overly anxious or try to escape.
- Give Vitality Science’s Soothing Solution before any event that may cause stress, especially fireworks, thunder, or having people in your home that they may not be familiar with.
- If they are particularly nervous, consider investing in an anxiety wrap, many pets find them comforting.
- Leave your pets inside, at home, when you go to parties or a celebratory gathering.
- If you are having a party, consider putting them in a safe, escape-proof crate or room with a lot of their favorite toys and bedding that is closed off to the party guests. This will reduce the risk of them trying to escape every time the door is opened by a guest.
- If they do join you at a celebration, remember that too much sun and heat can be dangerous. Find a shady spot to tether them and provide lots of fresh water.
- Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewers away from curious pets.
- After the celebration, check your yard for firework debris before allowing pets to play outside.