Each year, there is approximately a 30% increase for the amount of pets that go missing on the 4th of July. The 4th of July is fast approaching and we have some tips to help keep your pets safe and worry free on the big day. Firework displays and noises can cause your dog to become frantic and run away. Don’t worry, these tips can help ensure a safe and happy holiday.
1. Keep your dog indoors on the 4th of July to keep them safe. Take them outside on a leash with a well fitted buckle collar or harness as an extra precaution for their safety. While inside we recommend creating a safe space for your dog, such as placing your dog in a safe, escape-proof space such as a crate. If you are going to a gathering, leave them home and secured. If you’re having guests over, place notes on doors to help everyone remain vigilant when entering and exiting your home.
2. Be sure that your dog’s identification information is up to date. If your dog is microchipped, check to make sure the registration information current. Double check your dogs id tags, we recommend listing your home address and phone number. It can also be helpful to have a current picture of your dog in case they do escape.
3. Many dogs can be sensitive to loud noises and find the sounds from fireworks quite scary. Be sure to keep your windows and doors closed. You can play music, books on tape, or leave the TV on to help drown out the sound. Running fans, such as a box fan can also create nice white noise for them.
4. There are many ways that you can help reduce your dog’s anxiety on the 4th. Exercise your dog early in the day before the fireworks start. This can help them burn off excessive energy. Prepare stuffed KONGS with high value treats for your dog to eat during fireworks. You can stuff them with your dogs favorite high value treats, such as EZ cheese, canned dog food, and peanut butter. Using an appeasing pheromone spray, such as Adaptil can help soothe your dog. You can purchase it from PetSmart or Petco. Simply spray it on their bedding or a bandanna for them to wear.
5. If your dog is severely anxious about fireworks, we recommend talking to your veterinarian about medication. They may be able to prescribe something to help reduce your dog’s stress. Your veterinarian may want to do a practice dose of medication to see how your dog responds. Be sure not to share your dog’s medication with another pet or give more than the amount recommended.
6. The morning after the 4th do a safety check of your yard before allowing your dog out to play or relax. It’s a great idea to check and make sure your yard is secure and debris free. Dogs can get curious and may try to eat or play with fireworks debris.