We want you to have a safe, happy Fourth of July. This is a holiday that can be quite stressful for many pets. Please ensure that your pets have plenty of water to drink, and cool, safe places to curl up and hide away if neighborhood fireworks and backyard parties frighten them.
Pull out your arsenal of weapons against stress and fear. Whether you use a ThunderShirt, aromatherapy, a pheremone spray or plugin, herbals or melatonin and L-Theanine supplements, or prescribed medications – you’ll want to prepare your pets so they’ll feel calm and in more control of their surroundings.
It may help your sound-sensitive pet if you leave television or radio on throughout the day/evening for a consistent source of sound, perhaps lessening the impact any fireworks may have on them.
More pets end up “lost” on this day than on any other! If you’ll be having guests, secure your pets in a comfortable room away from the comings and goings. Recommendations for keeping your dog on a leash while outside are of utmost importance on a day like this, when sudden, loud noises could prompt a dog to take off running.
Keep an eye open for any food left out, at counter-surfing level or on low tables, which could prove too much a temptation for your pet. Some foods are toxic to our pets if ingested. There are toxic concerns for any alcoholic beverages, as well. Should you suspect your pet has consumed food or drink that may be harmful to them, call the Poison Hotline Center or your trusted veterinarian for advice.
This holiday can be a challenging time for many pets. With a little forethought, and careful attention throughout the weekend, you can ensure any stress they may feel is minimized. No doubt you’ll enjoy your weekend more when you know your pet is safe and comfortable!
Lastly, have a great holiday! It’s important for you to have fun, so enjoy it.
Happy 4th of July!!