4th of July can be a traumatic experience for many American dogs. Unlike people, pets don’t associate the noise, flashes, and burning smell of pyrotechnics with celebrations. Pets are terrified of fireworks, and often panic at the loud whizzes and bangs they produce.
Ensure that your pet’s information is up to date! Many dogs escape when they are startled by fireworks. If your pet doesn’t have a collar with a tag that has contact information on it, as well as a microchip with your current information, now is the time to get them.
Plan your party carefully. Choose decorations carefully – glow sticks, which are both toxic for dogs and enticingly similar to colorful chew toys, are particularly dangerous. As beer and other people food and drink are toxic for dogs, decide on a place to keep your dog(s) during the party, such as in the house if the party is in the yard. If the dog is friendly and would like to stay with the people, consider keeping him with you leashed; contained by keeping him in a room with a baby gate barring passage if the party is inside.
We carry products that may serve to calm your dog. Stop in and talk with us and we'll help you find the best option!
Offering an anxious dog a CBD (cannabinoid) treat or CBD Oil may help alleviate some of the stress response that many dogs experience during loud events such as thunderstorms and fireworks displays.
We carry the following brands Phyto-Bites, Holistic Hound, Super Snouts, Austin & Kat, Colorado Hemp Honey, & Earth Animal.
- There are other natural, holistic calming aids available, such as, Rescue Remedy, Tranquility Blend, & NaturVet Quiet Moments.
- A commercial product of “anxiety wrap" (Thunder Shirt) has been used with great success. Created by behavioral experts, such an item can calm dogs in a manner similar to swaddling an infant.
- A crate can be very useful. As wolves naturally occupied dens, a dog will find comfort in his own “den,” or a crate. To increase the darkness, cover the crate with a blanket, leaving part of it uncovered so the dog can see passing people and breathe fresh air.
- Try some relaxing music (Rusty & Lucy love Reggae), it has been clinically researched to calm anxious dogs.
- Ask your veterinarian for more advice.
It is up to us to keep our animal companions calm and comfortable. Follow the above suggestions to make your dog or cat feel safe and secure this Fourth of July, and share these tips with your friends and family, too!
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