You’ve probably heard them already: fireworks booming in the distance at all hours of the day and night. But what is a minor annoyance for us can be an ongoing month-long nightmare for pets – leaving them in a constant state of panic and fear. In fact, July 5th is one of the busiest shelter days of the year because so many dogs panic and run away during fireworks displays. With limited resources available because of the holiday weekend, the likelihood of a timely and safe return isn’t guaranteed.
The closer we get to the July 4th weekend, the harder it will be to avoid these explosions in the sky, however, there are steps you can take to ensure your pets – especially dogs – experience the least amount of anxiety and panic this year.
- Avoid Big Fireworks Shows – Though they can be lots of fun with family and friends, big fireworks displays are no place to bring your animal. Between the crowds and the loud noises, these situations are rife with anxiety and panic-causing triggers. Dogs who run away during big outdoor events are more likely to be lost, hit by cars, or injured during difficult catch and contain operations. That’s why it’s best to avoid these situations by keeping your dog away.
- Create a Cozy Home Space – Like people, our pets feel safest and most comfortable at home. Be sure to make sure their favorite places in the house are ready and available for them if the distant sound of thunderous explosions start to scare them. A new toy, a warm blanket, and a temporary quiet and dark place can also be of value and comfort.
- Pay Special Attention – Since they can’t tell you how they’re feeling, behavior is the best indicator of your pet’s temperament. If your pet is acting in a concerning or strange way and you still aren’t sure what to do, it’s always best to contact your veterinarian or provider of healthy pet services.
Whether you’re celebrating with events this coming weekend or just enjoying a day off from responsibilities, be sure to pay special attention to your furry best friends and how they’re fairing, With your help, support, and love, they can make it through this confusing and scary time with as little panic and risk as possible.