The Fourth of July is just around the corner and with all the fun and festivities approaching, we also have to remember that this holiday can be a stressful time for your pets. This holiday has the highest amount of run away and missing animal cases than any other day of the year. Here are a few tips to help ease your pet’s firework anxiety and keep them safe from harms way.
- Provide your pet with a safe room in the house during fireworks.
- Keep a T.V. or radio on (at normal levels) to help tune out the loud noises from outside.
- Invest in a Thundershirt. Thundershirts have been proven to help relieve dogs of anxiety.
- Speak with your Veterinarian. Medication can be prescribed to help relieve your dog of anxiety during the holiday.
- Make sure your pet has a collar with your contact information just in case.
- It is always a good idea to have your pet microchipped and/or update your pet’s microchip.
If your pet is lost contact your local animal control office and surrounding animal shelters immediately.
- Do not punish your dog for being frightened by the loud noises from the fireworks.
- Do not force your dogs to be around fireworks. This may cause aggressive behavior.
- Keep your pets safely away from fireworks, especially as they are lit. Some dogs have been known to try and attack the fireworks.