While we look forward to the Fourth of July with the BBQs, parades, and fireworks our pets’ find this an extremely frightening and stressful time. Pet owners need to take extra precautions to ensure their pets’ safety as more animals run away and are lost on the Fourth of July than at any other time of the year.
Fourth of July celebrations can be overwhelming to pets because they experience fireworks differently from other loud sounds such as thunder. Fireworks are closer to the ground, more vibrant, and are accompanied by sudden booms, flashes of light and burning smells. Dogs and cats experience the world through their senses - nose, eyes, and ears and fireworks act as a catalyst causing many animals to go to extreme measures to run and hide.
Here are a few suggestions to help calm your pet during the inevitable fireworks.
1. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the
2. Keep your animals inside during fireworks, preferably with
human companionship. That being said, act as if there is
nothing unusual happening.
3. When scared of sounds they can’t place, animals often
seek small enclosed areas. Under the bed or in a closet. I
even had a dog that would hunker down in the bathtub. Let
4. Keep the windows and curtains closed and keep the air
conditioning on or a fan running to keep everyone cool.
5. Turning on music or playing white noise may also help.
6. Again some animals will go to great lengths to escape
so make sure your pet is wearing ID tags with a properly
fitted collar or is microchipped.
For serious cases, Zylkene is a non pharmaceutical, anti-anxiety
medication available without a prescription in our pet supply store. NEVER give human anxiety medication to your pet. Zylkene must be started a day or two prior to an expected event.
By taking precautions the Fourth of July holiday can be more enjoyable for you and your pet. And after all isn’t that the best way to celebrate?