Preparing your dog for fireworks. It isn't easy. In the United States at least 40% of pets have noise phobias. The Fourth of July and dogs rarely mix. My own dog, Liberty found herself near euthanasia on the 3rd of July a decade ago. Why? The busiest day at municipal animal shelters throughout the U.S. is July 5. Thousands of scared dogs and cats have bolted fences, escaped the screen door, and hope that their family will come find them.
In this video blog, repurposed from my free Facebook Group, I discuss many ways you can help protect your pet from disaster during fireworks season.
Things to Consider
- Do NOT leave your pets outside while you go party. This is where most hurt themselves during a fireworks display. The sound freaks them out completely, and many dogs break through fences or jump over them. Others have been known to have heart attacks and strokes. The last memory you want on Independence Day is a dying dog.
- Do give them a crate or safe inside place away from any windows or screen doors they can break through. A crate is a wonderful thing if your dog already likes them.
- A Thunder shirt helps many dogs during fireworks, and can be used anytime your anxious dog feels activated. Get a Thunder shirt here.
- Medicines are not a bad thing. Ask your vet for something stronger than suggested in my video if your dog has a history of heavy panting and panic during fireworks
- A tired dog is less likely to freak out. At about 3 p.m. on the Fourth of July, walk or run your dog twice as long a time as usual.
- EFT for animals can help. I do this in private session and can teach you how.
Have a safe and blessed Fourth of July!