I’m going to sound unpatriotic here, but I am not looking forward to the celebration of our Nation’s birth on July 4th. Oh, my family is flag-waving patriotic, all right, but one of my dogs is terrified (and I mean wild-eyed, trembling, heavy-panting anxious) of the noises that accompany it. From the first volleys of firecrackers to the large booms of the shows in the area, Lucky is ready to bolt and absolutely nothing that we do can soothe her.
So, here are some tips I have gathered to hopefully make this a little easier for all of us:
1. Make sure that your dog is wearing a collar that fits-not too tight, but not so loose that it can easily slip off the neck. Current tags and owner information including a telephone number should be displayed so that it is easy to read. If you are considering microchipping, this would be a good time. You might also take a current picture just in case the unthinkable happens and Fluffy makes the big escape. Animal Control centers are full of panicked dogs after the 4th and you will want to make sure that your furry friend gets home quickly and safely!
2. If you are taking in the festivities at a neighboring park or a friend’s home, leave your pet safe inside your home unless you are absolutely sure that noises are not a problem.
3. If you leave your pet at home, make sure that a secure place like a kennel is available. Leave on soothing music in the background to help cover outside noises.
4. If your pup panics like our Lucky girl, you’ll probably want to plan to stay home and be available to help her feel as secure as possible.
5. Finally, (and this is on my calendar for tomorrow!) call your vet and find out what safe medications are available to give your pet to get her safely through the night.
Good luck and have a pet-safe 4th of July!!