We’ve got the flag blowing in the breeze outside, the grill is lit, and those kids down the street have been PRACTICING lighting their fireworks off for the past week. It’s officially July Fourth and Canada Day weekend. For most cities and towns, this means loud and celebratory fireworks displays. It’s great fun for we humans, but fear and anxiety inducing for dogs – and cats too.
Dr. Jennifer Adolphe, PhD pet nutritionist for premium quality, nutrient-rich pet food Petcurean, knows all too well the risk. Many years ago, she had one of her three dogs with her at a lake, when fireworks went off right beside them. Her pup bolted straight for home, and in the most direct path possible, across roads and yards. She felt lucky that her beloved pup was fine and anxiously waiting for her at home, but she has since taken precautions for her three dogs, and would like to share tips with your readers to keep their dogs safe and stress-free:
Control the noise
Try to block out the fireworks noise with other noises they are familiar and comfortable with – like the TV or some music. You can do this whether you are at home, or out – just leave on for them
Desensitize them to fireworks
You can mimic the experience by playing fireworks CDs or YouTube videos in advance, and treat them as they are playing. This will help lessen their anxiety, and reaction, for the actual fireworks
Create a safe space
Many dogs feel secure in their crate, and you can make it even more cozy by putting a blanket over it and providing a few of their favorite toys
Let them out in advance of the festivities
Plan your dog’s bathroom break prior to the fireworks, so they will be indoors / contained when they start- and if you have an outdoor cat, bring them inside
IDs are a must
The best place for your dog during fireworks is at home, it is safer for everyone. But if you have them out, make sure they are contained and/or leashed, and are microchipped and have ID tags
Have a safe and happy fourth with your furry family!
Don’t forget to feed your four-legged family member when you’re enjoying that BBQ before the fireworks. Clem will be dining on Petcurean Now Fresh