The fourth of July can be a very stressful time for your dog and you! Here are some practical tips for this time of year. Remember that you should always check with your Veterinarian to get their advice. They see all the issues that arise from this time of year and can provide vital and current information.
- Emergency Information: No matter how careful you are, this is the time when dogs run away or get out of your yard so make sure that your dog has tags with your updated information at all times, even if they have a chip. The only way a chip will work is if someone actually scans it. Often times, people forget to update the chip or tag information with updated phone numbers and address.
- Keep Hydrated. Anxious dogs can get dehydrated very quickly. Make sure they have clean and fresh water at all times.
- Increase the noise inside your home. Fireworks are unexpected loud noises which will cause most canines to become anxious or nervious. In order to keep the loud firework noises from upsetting your dog, try playing music loudly or the TV or watch a movie at a high volume.
- Safe Place. Dog often feel safe in small, cozy areas. You can put a large comforter on the floor or in their dog bed. Your dog may scratch around or “burrow” the area and that is normal. It’s like making a little nest for your dog. Additionally I’ve known dogs to get comfort from being in a bathroom or closet, which will also muffle the sound.
- Relieve the Anxity. The best way to alleviate some anxiety and stress is by making sure your dog is exercised and tired. It’s best to do this in your backyard by throwing a ball, using a laser or just playing with them. I wouldn’t recommend a walk during the day or so prior and after, as the noises will be quite loud outside and you risk having them get loose.
- Additional Concerns. All holiday celebrations can mean dangers. Things that you would not normally worry about can be a concern for an anxious dog (i.e. hot barbecues, lighter fluid, alcoholic beverages, chicken bones, chocolate, grapes, almonds, unripened fruit on trees, stinky trash cans, and other hazards). Be ever watchful during this anxious time.
- Visitor Concerns. We often invite people into our home during the holidays. Some people are not comfortable with dogs and some people may be to “in their face”. It’s best to have your dogs in a back bedroom or separate area when people first come in and slowly acclimate your furry friends to your company. It’s easier for your dogs and your family and friends.