The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate our nations independence with friends, family and dogs.
Most of us anticipate catching a fireworks show around 9:00 pm, or you may be planning to light some up yourself. While fireworks are a longstanding tradition for this summer holiday, for some dogs, fireworks and the 4th are not a reason to celebrate, but a reason to panic and run away.
On the 4th of July more dogs are lost during the festivities while we humans enjoy the show.
The local shelters and county animal control offices phones ring off the hook the next day.
If your pet has a fear of loud noises:
- Something as simple as turning on some soft music and moving your pet into an interior room with no windows can be helpful.
- An anxiety vest may work in some cases– if you don’t have one, try a snugly fitting t-shirt.
- If you and your veterinarian do decide that anti-anxiety mediation is your pet’s best bet, there are a few things to remember.
- Give a practice dose of the medication before the big night to see how your pet responds to the medication.
- Some dogs tend to hide when frightened. Mine prefer the closet just allow them to stay there until its over
- Keeping them indoors during the height of the fireworks is always a good idea.
some dogs will eat anything…
While cats are typically a little smarter than this, some dogs will eat anything regardless of how it tastes– including fireworks! Never underestimate your pet’s level of curiosity.
Fireworks contain several types of chemicals and heavy metals. If you set off fireworks at home, make sure you thoroughly clean up the area before letting your dog have access again.
On and around the Fourth of July, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) sees an increase in calls concerning pets who have ingested fireworks, or are having issues due to the loud noises they make. However, with a little planning, you can ensure that your four-legged friends enjoy the holiday just as much as you do.
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: (888) 426-4435
Please take time to secure your animals and provide them with a safe place this 4th of July before you venture out and enjoy the fesitivies.