The Fourth of July is one of the most stressful and potentially dangerous times of the year for pets. While you and your family, friends and neighbors are celebrating the holiday with fireworks, pets are finding these festive activities anything but celebratory.
Do not take your pet to fireworks displays. The July 4th holiday is a very busy time for animal shelters across the U.S. They report taking in a higher number of dogs that run off during firework festivities. In addition, many police stations log higher volumes of stray dog calls and barking complaints on July 4 compared to any other day of the year.
Exercise your dog before the fireworks start! Make time in your schedule to give your an extra long workout before the fireworks begin. Dogs that have been thoroughly exercised are calmer and easier to keep quiet. They will also sleep more deeply, and consequently, will be less likely to be disturbed by the noise outside.
Avoid scraps from the grill. While tempting to our pets, any sudden change to your pets' diet can cause stomach upset. In addition, some certain foods like onions, avocado, grapes and raisins can be toxic.
Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. In their fear, pets who normally wouldn't leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death. Keep your pets in a comfortable and quiet area during Fourth of July festivities. If your pet is crate trained, then their crate is a great choice.
Consult your veterinarian if you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises. Your veterinarian can offer ways to help alleviate the stress and anxiety your dog might experience during fireworks displays.
Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags, so that if they become lost, they can be returned promptly. Animals found running at-large should be taken to the local animal shelter, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.
Keep The Windows, Doors, And Curtains Closed. This will prevent them from being frightened and bolting out the house. It will also minimize stress due to the sounds and lights.