Ahh the 4th of July. Such a wonderful time to celebrate with friends and family. There's sunshine, BBQ's, and of course, FIREWORKS! Many people have a love hate relationship with fireworks. They are fun to watch, but the anxiety and fear it causes our pets is painful to watch. We have heard stories of pets hiding under the bed, in closets and even ripping siding off the house! Below are some of the things you can do to help minimize the anxiety in your pets this 4th of July.
1. Stay at home with your pet.
If you can, staying at home with your pet during the fireworks will help them feel a little more secure. You can reassure them everything is ok when they begin hearing the loud noises.
2. Close all of your blinds and turn on music or the tv.
If you plan on leaving the house this is very important. This will minimize the impact on your pet if they can't see the flashes of light or hear such startling noises.
3. Exercise during the day.
Take your dog for a long walk or hike during the day. A few hours playing ball or at the dog park would be great too. It will be easier to keep them calm if they are already exhausted. A wound up dog with a lot of energy is a recipe for disaster when the fireworks begin.
4. Give your pet Pawsible Love Drops
Roughly 30 minutes to an hour before the fireworks begin, give your pet some of our Pawsible Love drops. Since fireworks tend to create more anxiety than your dogs' usual bothers, you may need to increase the dose slightly from what you normally give them. If you haven't ordered your drops yet, you can still save 10% on your order using code JULY.
5. Give your pet a tempting distraction.
Who's pet doesn't love a delicious treat or new toy to destroy? Giving them something to keep their mind off whats going on outside will also help minimize the impact.
6. Make sure your pets have proper ID and collars on
This is especially important if you don't plan on staying home with them. The amount of fear some dogs or cats experience can cause them to have very uncharacteristic behavior. This includes breaking out of the house. The last thing you want is your scared pet roaming the streets with no identification.
7. Keep your pets inside
Do not leave your pet outside during the firework show!
It doesn't take a lot of time to take these extra precautions. Please think about the safety and wellbeing of your pets next week. We hope you and your furry loved ones have a very happy and safe 4th of July!