The Fourth of July is a wonderful time for celebration for the whole family to enjoy…..but, let us be mindful that some in the furmily can get quite stressed and concerned with all the festivities!
Every year around this time, the fireworks start to hit the skies and anxiety hits most of the fur babies! We wanted to list a few ways that may help them feel more safe and secure. Many dogs, and some cats, run away during this season given the stress and panic the fireworks induce, so ALWAYS be mindful of this.
- An anxiety vest may work in some cases—if you don’t have one, try a snugly fitting t-shirt.
- Something as simple as turning on some soft music and moving your pet into an interior room with no windows can be helpful.
- Some people do administer medicine for calming. Never do this without consulting your veterinarian. Also, many people have went to CBD treats which tend to help calm as well. Austin and Kat and American Green both have amazing lines of treats for just that occasion. But, again, always consult your vet first!
Watch out especially if your pet has no “danger” radar or they like new and unusual things! Cats typically are a little more in tune with the danger radar and react better. Dogs tend to try and eat almost anything and fireworks contain several different types of metals and chemicals. So keep fireworks out of reach of pets, as well as matches and all debris from fireworks.
Keep them home on 4th of July:
- I know they are our children and we love to take them everywhere, but this may be a day for them to stay home if you are deciding to hit the big FIREWORKS action. Of course, there is always and exception to the rule, but for the most part pets can become disoriented and frightened and the excessive people around may just be too much for them.
- Give them toys to help keep them busy
- Feed them early to help their stomach settle properly
- We recommend to always have an ID tag on your fur babies too, this allows for their safe return home if they get lost!
Have a safe and pawesome Fourth of July….let freedom ring!
Many purrs and paws,