By Deb Haines
The Fourth of July is a cause for folks to celebrate by lighting up fireworks. But for this time of year, those loud exploding noises can be a nightmare for the family pets.
If possible please bring your dogs and/or cats inside between now and the even the 4th.
Keeping them Indoors is a safe place for them during this time period. we encourage turning on the TV, radio or playing music, this will also help to serve as a calming white noise.
Keep in mind… each dog or cat may react differently to the unfamiliar loud noise, keep a close eye on the reaction of the animal. some dogs will typically do anything to escape the noise, such as digging under fences, breaking through windows, or running through gates.
Dogs and cats, in a panic state from the exploding fireworks, may break loose from their yard and flee far from their home while becoming disoriented.
Stay home, if possible, By staying home, the pet will likely be less fearful and calm knowing that he or she is not alone.
An anxiety vest may work in some cases—if you don’t have one, try a snugly fitting t-shirt.
If you and your veterinarian do decide that anti-anxiety mediation is your pet’s best bet, there are a few things to remember. First and foremost, give a practice dose of the medication before the big night to see how your pet responds to the medication. Second, never share the medication with another pet or give more than the recommended amount. If you do, you may end up spending the holiday at your local veterinary emergency clinic.
While noise phobias are not as common in cats, they can and do happen. Fortunately, cats tend to hide when frightened. Checking in on your cats, having some quiet music on and keeping them indoors during the height of the fireworks is always a good idea.
If your pet is the type to taste new and unusual things:
While cats are typically a little smarter than this, some dogs will eat anything, regardless of how it tastes—including fireworks! Never underestimate your pet’s level of curiosity.
Fireworks contain several types of chemicals and heavy metals. If you set off fireworks at home, make sure you thoroughly clean up the area before letting your dog have access again.
Things that you might not think twice about could land your pet at the emergency vet. Citronella, alcohol, sunscreen, fly traps, lighter fluid and insect repellent are all things that could make your pet sick.
Hot grills are a serious temptation for pets because of the smell of cooked food or because of food that is cooking. Keep your pets away to keep them from jumping up on the grill. Also, pets can get overheated just like we do. Make sure your pets have plenty of water if they’re outside with you.
- In the event that your
- pet runs out of fear of the fireworks , make sure they have collars with phone numbers and home addresses that are up to date. microchipped
- The American Veterinary Association ( AVMA) suggests keeping your pet in a crate or closed room for two reasons. First, doing so will keep your pet from running away. Second, a quiet room will help muffle the noise from outdoors.
- If you have an “outdoor cat” or a dog who usually stays in the backyard, make an exception on the Fourth of July (or during firework displays in your neighborhood) and bring them inside.
- If your pet has shown severe reactions to fireworks in the past, consult with your veterinarian about the use of a sedative.. NEVER GIVE A DOG A SEDATIVE WITHOUT TALKING TO YOUR HANDS ON VET.
- A Thundershirt is an anxiety-reducing vest for pets and it’s sort of similar to swaddling a baby. The Thundershirt says it provides “gentle, constant pressure to calm all types of anxiety, fear, and over-excitement issues.”
- Taking your dog for a walk before dusk ahead of firework displays can help your pup relax and feel more tired. If your dog is sleepy, they will likely feel calmer during firework displays.
- Treats…. favorite treats, chew toys, catnip whatever is it, have it on hand to try to distract your pet while the firework display is going on.
- During the days cook out , watch out for cooked bones, hot grills and corn cobs pose dangers for your pets. Corn cobs do not digest well and could cause a blockage. Cooked bones could splinter and cause internal damage.
All of us here at Pet Vet Corner would like to wish you and your family a enjoyable holiday, and may your pets stay safe and happy !
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