With the Fourth of July right around the corner, it’s time to prepare for the dazzling firework displays. One of the most important things to prepare for is how your dog will react to the fireworks. Fireworks can be very frightening for dogs mainly because the fireworks stimulate all of your dog’s senses at the same time. As the fireworks go off your dog made be terrified of the loud noise, the sudden flashes of light, and the burning smell of debris falling to the ground. Some dogs become so terrified that they may break leashes, escape through windows or doors, or slip their collars. Here are some simple dos and don’ts for your day this Independence Day weekend.
- Leave your pet at home; do not take your pet to firework displays. Being close to the action will only make your dog more anxious. Your dog is also more likely able to escape when outside.
- Shut all doors and windows so that your pet can not escape.
- Close the curtains in the house so that your dog doesn’t see the sudden flashes of light.
- Feed your animals hours before the fireworks, they may be too anxious to eat once the fireworks have started.
- Keep a collar on your dog just in case they do escape.
- Create a den (a safe place) for your pet during the display. Open it up to them days before the fireworks to allow them to get used to the spot and associate to it positively.
- Turn on the TV or radio to disguise some of the noise.
- Consult a veterinarian before using any kind of home remedies to calm your pet.
- Do not take your dog to the fireworks. They do not want to be there.
- Do not try to comfort your dog, it will only make their anxiety worse.
- Do not try to get your dogs out of hiding spots when they retreat.
- Do not let your dog out unleased, they can escape. Dogs have been known to get out of fenced in areas when in high stress situations.
- Do not forget to top off your dog’s water bowl; stressed dogs tend to pant more.
- Do not change you routine more than necessary, changing the routine will only stress your dog out more.
- Do not make your dogs face their fears.
As you plan for Independence Day, remember that your dogs are not fans of fireworks. These simple tips can help you enjoy your independence day while keeping your pets safe. Please contact your veterinarian if you have questions concerning home remedies for calming your pets.