Every 5th of July our local shelters are overrun by hundreds of dogs & cats who got spooked by Independence Day celebrating and find themselves lost and afraid. The good news is a few simple steps will keep them safe and ensure you can enjoy the festivities.
Double check that your dogs tags & microchip information are up to date
Hopefully, if they do make a break for it someone will reunite you by the time the last sparkler dies out
There’s nothing more frustrating to rescuers than calling a phone number listed on a tag or microchip only to find it’s been disconnected
Keep them inside
The more inside the better. IF your pet is particularly afraid consider either crating them or closing them in a walk-in closet.
Not only will an interior room help dampen the fireworks but will give them added security
Thunder Shirts work wonders
A thunder shirt is a snug fitting jacket which utilizes pressure points to calm pets, like swaddling a baby
This is a product you can find online and at most pet retailers
It’s a drug free option
Leave the TV or radio on
Most pets are used to the sounds of a TV or Radio so fireworks might not be so alarming as they would be in a silent house
If it’s a little on the loud side the background noise will help drown out the booming fireworks
Consider essential oils
Don’t feed your pet essential oils
Don’t apply essential oils directly on your pet
Use a diffuser or spray in the room with your pet
Lavender, Valerian, Ylang Ylang are just a few options that may help calm your dog’s anxiety
It’s a good idea to watch your pet for a while the first time you use a new product
If your dog has extreme anxiety talk to your vet about possible medication options
Do yourself a favor and have this conversation well in advance of the 4th.
Some people find even something as simple as benadryl can be enough of a sedative
Be sure to consult your vet for proper dosage before giving your dog any medication
Our dogs may never appreciate the appeal of watching lights explode in the sky, but with a little preparation we can get them through the experience unphased.
Wishing you a Beautiful & Joyous Independence Day!!!
Do you enjoy the information brought to you by your friendly neighborhood pet photographer? Help me bounce back from the Covid shutdown by voting Furever Friends Denver’s Best Pet Photographer. I’m only a couple votes behind the leader, yours could make all the difference. <3