PETS AND FIREWORKS: HANDLING PET ANXIETY ON THE 4TH OF JULY

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It is not uncommon for pets to experience anxiety or fear during the firework celebrations on July 4th. Here are some tips before the fireworks begin:

1. Make sure your pet is inside in a safe and secure location so he cannot hurt himself or escape if he panics.

Frightened pets are more likely to escape and are at risk of being lost or hit by vehicles. Make sure your pets have appropriate identifying tags and microchips in the event they are lost.

2. Turn on the fan, radio or television to create comforting or distracting noise.

3. Stay with your pet to provide reassurance and comfort. Do not take anxious pets to parties or gatherings as this can elevate their anxiety.

If your dog is afraid of fireworks, he or she is more likely to bite so keep them away from small children or unfamiliar people. Keep a soft muzzle on hand in case you need it.

4. Natural calming homeopathic remedies and flower essences may help ease anxiety in some pets.

5. If your pet’s anxiety is extreme, talk to your veterinarian about a tranquilizer. There are several prescription products that can be used to “take the edge off” or fully sedate your pet, depending on the situation.

6. For the future, consider consulting a behaviorist to help condition your pet to loud noises so they can enjoy the festivities too!

Have a happy and safe July 4th!

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2 Responses to PETS AND FIREWORKS: HANDLING PET ANXIETY ON THE 4TH OF JULY

  1. Vendetta Holman Dressel says:

    I have 11 rescued and adopted cats who get so freaked out by fireworks. I make sure they are all inside the house and all windows and doors shut with air conditioning on. I turn up either the TV or music on the radio very loud and then all is well.

  2. Maureen Dugan says:

    Prepare beforehand…make sure your pet is wearing a collar with tags, AND if possible, MICROCHIP them and register the chip before July 4th. If you don’t have tags, use a Sharpie or marker to write your number on the collar.

    Take good photos of your pet from all angles, showing identifying markings should you need them for a lost ad or to prove ownership should someone find them and request this.

    If your pet gets lost, talk to neighbors, put up lost posters, visit shelters, join local Facebook communities and Facebook lost and found communities. Check Craigslist lost and found, Straydar, and Pets911. Don’t give up..it can take a long time to reunite with lost pets.

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