Summer always starts with a bang on the Fourth of July! It’s one of the best nights of the year as fireworks light up the sky. Who doesn’t love to camp out under the stars to watch this summer spectacle? Unfortunately, fireworks and pets simply don’t mix. Unlike us, our pets don’t appreciate the flash, pop and bang of July 4th fireworks.
It’s a celebration for us but a time of heightened stress for cats and dogs. The loud noises and flashing lights can trigger a fearful reaction from pets. It’s why more dogs run away on July 4th than any other day of the year. Running away from the noise, bright lights and burning smell is a survival mechanism for dogs. But, you can help your furry friends get through this Independence Day with a few helpful tips.
How to Keep Your Pet Calm During July 4th Fireworks
Keep your dog indoors. You know your dog better than anyone. But, large crowds and fireworks are usually a bad combination for pups. Leaving your dog home might be the best option. Can’t leave home without your best buddy? Make sure that your dog is wearing a collar and his ID tags are legible and up to date.
Create a safe space for your pet. Whether it’s in a crate or a quiet room, provide your fur ball with a comfortable space away from the lights and noise. This gives your dog a feeling of security during fireworks, parties and other stressful events. Keep windows, curtains and doors closed to prevent the ongoing fireworks from startling your pet.
Distract them with toys and TV. Give your buddy a favorite toy to distract them from the loud noises and bright lights of fireworks. You can also keep a TV on low volume to drown out the noise.
Tire them out! Take your pup for a long walk before fireworks. A tired dog is less likely to be affected by the sights and sounds of a fireworks display.
Try Composure™ for stress. Give your cat or dog Composure™ to support calm behavior during fireworks, thunderstorms and BBQs. Naturally sourced ingredients are clinically shown to work within 30 minutes and last up to 4 hours.* Help your pet relax with Composure™ so you can both enjoy July 4th without stress.
*CanCog Technologies Study “Assessment of Anxiolytic Properties of a Novel Compound in Beagle Dogs with a Noise-Induced Model of Fear and Anxiety”