The Fourth of July can be very stressful and bring on anxiety with the noise of fireworks! It’s natural for dogs to be afraid of loud noises. More pet’s run away on the Fourth of July than any other day!

To keep your pet safe, you should follow these steps:

  • Be sure your pet is wearing an up-to-date ID tag on their collar at all times.
  • Have a current photo of your pet
  • Microchips are always a good idea!

Dogs are very instinctual and will follow their pack leader. You can help your pet by keeping calm and not making too much excitement about the fireworks, or other noises that may stress your pet.

  • Anxiety symptoms include:
  • Barking and whimpering
  • Jumping at loud noises
  • Tearing things up

Dogs have torn through screen doors, jumped over fences, and have broken chains and leashes; some have even jumped through glass windows, seriously injuring themselves due to anxiety. Here are some things you can do to help ease your pet’s anxiety:

  • Calming music
  • Crating your pet (if this something they are accustomed to)
  • Thundershirt (can be purchased at your local pet store)
  • Distraction
  • Medications can be prescribed by your veterinarian if natural remedies do not help!

Besides anxiety about the loud noise of fireworks on Fourth of July, there are other hazards out there. Here are some other Holiday Hazard tips:

  • Keep sparklers & glow sticks away-they can be harmful if ingested or touched
  • Keep pets away from BBQs, charcoal, and kabob skewers
  • No sharing food scraps!- Nothing is worse than an emergency veterinary visit!

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

Sincerely,

Michael L. Cline, DVM