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While the 4th of July is a time for celebration for Americans,
it can be an extremely stressful time for your pup!

TIPS TO HELP YOUR DOG BE SAFE & COMFORTABLE

More pets are lost on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year.

  • Dogs may show anxiety or stress in a variety of different ways. Pay attention and learn to recognize these signs for what they may mean.

  • Signs of stress in dogs can include: panting, trembling, drooling, pacing, hiding, trying to escape, decreased appetite, potty accidents, dilated pupils or wide eyes, and whining or barking.

 

When animals get spooked, their fight-or-flight response often takes over and they flee and get lost. Consider these recommendations when making your holiday plans:

  • Keep your pet indoors on the Fourth of July. Provide a long-lasting treat that will distract him from the noise and keep him comfortable while left alone.

  • If you absolutely must bring your pet out with you, ensure they have an ID tag, collar fits properly, and  is attached to a leash at all times.

  • Get your pet microchipped. This can be scheduled as a quick outpatient appointment with your vet.

  • Take a photo of your pet, which will help your community identify him should he be lost and found.

  • There is a variety of medications and supplements that can help reduce your dog's stress and anxiety from fireworks, and your veterinarian (or a board-certified veterinary behaviorist) is the best person to help you determine which one, or ones, for your pets.

 

The day of: How to Help Your Dog Stay Calm on the 4th of July

  • Fireworks Shows and Dogs Don't Mix: It's best to just leave your pup at home if you plan on attending a live fireworks show or a party. They'll feel more comfortable being in a familiar environment (especially if you've created a safe space for them), and you'll be able to enjoy your time with friends and family. Just make sure you've closed all your windows and shut outside doors to prevent your dog from escaping.

  • Exercise: Provide your dog with plenty of physical exercise before the fireworks begin. 

  • Treat Party for Firework Noise: Grab your treat bag with some super high-value treats and keep it on you for the evening. Any time there's a loud firework noise, praise your dog and give them a treat. You're teaching them that the loud "scary" noise predicts something awesome happening.

  • Comfort — Don't Coddle: You can provide your dog with soothing petting and snuggles if they're showing anxiety during fireworks. Physical touch can go a long way in helping your dog feel less stressed. Just try not to become anxious yourself, as our dogs are very aware of our emotional state and may mirror your anxiety.

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