Does Your Pet Dread The 4th Of July? Read These 6 Tips!Alli B.
The 4th of July is a time to celebrate with food, friends, family, and… fireworks! If that last one made you shudder, then you are probably a pet owner. No matter where you live, you are guaranteed to hear at least the faint popping of fireworks in the distance on the holiday and the days surrounding it. The 4th of July can turn from a time of relaxation and fun to a time of stress and worry if your dog or cat is terrified of fireworks, but we are here to help.
We’ve compiled a list of 4th of July safety tips and tricks that will help any pet owner survive the holiday.
1. Current ID
More pets get lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. Pets can easily get spooked by fireworks even if they have never shown signs of fear before. Make sure they are wearing up-to-date tags in case they take off during the show so they can be returned to you quickly and safely.
2. Safe Area
Just like when you deal with a scaredy-pet during a thunderstorm, you’ll want to set up a safe area for them to relax in during the fireworks show. Ideally a smaller area that blocks out light and noise where they can feel comfortable and safe.
Although the name would suggest that it is only intended for thunderstorms, the Thundershirt actually helps to calm a number of different anxieties in dogs, including 4th of July jitters. By applying a gentle pressure to your dog, similar to swaddling an infant, the Thundershirt works to calm them down and reduce their anxiety. Get your own Thundershirt here!
4. Inside Is Best
It’s a smart idea to keep all pets inside during a fireworks show, even if they don’t seem bothered by the noise and crowds. You never can know for sure if they are completely comfortable, and something may spook them suddenly and cause them to take off. Better to be safe than sorry in this situation and keep them inside a safe area where they can relax.
5. Tasty Distraction
Have something for your dog to play with or munch on while the show is going on. A frozen Kong toy stuffed with goodies is a great option, because it will last quite a long time and keep your pup cool and calm in the process. I freeze peanut butter or yogurt in mine before giving it to my dogs and they love it, but there are a ton of things you can do with a Kong that your dogs will enjoy. Get your own Kong here.
6. Beware Of The Barbecue
Barbecuing on the 4th of July is an American tradition, but your dog could suffer if you aren’t careful. Make sure guests know not to feed Fido table scraps that could be harmful to your dog’s health, like onions.