7 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe and Decrease Stress During 4th of July Fireworks July 02 2014
Fireworks can cause stress for dogs and other pets but there are things you can do to help and some things not to do that may stress them out more or be dangerous.
DO THIS FOR YOUR DOG TO REDUCE THE STRESS OF FIREWORKS:
Take your dog on a long walk BEFORE the fireworks. This will help tire them out physically and mentally and expend excess energy. A good snooze after a long walk may be just what they need to avoid the fireworks frenzy.
Leave you pup home in a safe environment. Perhaps with some calming music and a safe chew toy to focus on. Better, yet — keep them company! Play some fun games like hide and seek with toys and treats and provide plenty of water.
Have your dog microchipped and keep their ID collar on them.
In case they do get loose, this will increase the likelihood of their safe and quicker return.
DON'T DO THIS WITH YOUR DOG, TO KEEP THEM SAFE AND LESS STRESSED FOR FIREWORKS:
Don’t bring your dogs to the fireworks. Even if they are okay with the noise, it’s usually crowded with lots of activity and if they get loose, there is danger of serious injury. If you do bring your pup, be sure they are wearing identification. A microchip is the best backup I.D., in case they get out of their collar. July 5th is one of the busiest days at shelters due to runaway, fearful dogs.
Never leave your dog in the car! NEVER. Period. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can jump between 100 and 120 degrees in just a few minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the inside temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.
Don't leave doors or doggie doors open and do not leave your dog in the yard. The yard is not a safe place for your dog during fireworks. Neighbors could accidentally shoot fireworks into your yard, someone could come by and open the gate, or your dog could get so spooked by the noise they might be able to jump the fence in their stressed state. Close off access to the doggie door so they cannot go out, whether you're home or not. They could slip by you.
If your pup is excessively stressed during fireworks, please do stay home with them and consult your vet ahead of time. There are various things that may help, such as anxiety wraps, rescue remedy and other herbal or homeopathic remedies.