It’s the Fourth of July! And while that most likely means backyard barbecues, hanging out with friends and family, and an evening ending in fireworks… everyone in your house may not be so excited about ending the celebration with a bang.
Some dogs are downright terrified of fireworks and the loud noises that come along with them. But even if you choose not to shoot ‘em up, you may want to plan ahead to keep your dog from spending anxious hours under the bed, attempting to run away, or worse yet, somehow hurting themselves trying to escape all those bangs and pops.
Here are your best bets for a safe and happy Fourth of July for your dog!
- Keep your dog indoors. The further they are from the noise the better. If they’re crate trained, they may be more comfortable there.
- Create a distraction. Play with your dog during peak fireworks time, usually right after sunset.
- Drown out the noise with the television, radio, etc. Don’t turn it up too loudly, though. You’ll create the same sort of stress that you’re attempting to avoid.
- Make sure your pet’s ID is up to date. Better still, have your dog microchipped. If they run away, this can help get them home safely.
- Pet-calming clothing, like the Thundershirt, is a drug-free method to relieve anxiety. The slightly-tight material wraps your dog’s torso for a calming effect, according to the company.
- Worst case scenario, call your veterinarian and ask them about particular medications that may mellow your dog enough to deal with the noise.
The bottom line here, there’s no reason to let your pet suffer during the Fourth of July fireworks. Be prepared, and everyone can have a happy holiday!