Tips for the Fourth
The Fourth of July is almost upon us, this is a time in the United States of celebration with food, good company and of course... fireworks. The spectacle of fireworks is always beautiful for us humans, but not always so for our canine friends.
The fear of fireworks and thunder often leads to reactions in dogs, ranging from milder symptoms like cowering, pacing or whining to more severe reactions like potty accidents, tearing up their kennel, or other furniture to vomiting. Noise phobia is unfortunately a common issue and can have serious consequences, from the things I've mentioned above to worse - your dog gets out and goes missing. A nightmare for any pet parent.
Here are some bullet point tips to help you during this time of the year.
Take a recent picture of your pup.
In case the worse does happen and your pup gets out, you want to make sure you have a recent picture ready to share with your local pet organizations (trainers, groomers, veterinarians, etc.) to find your pup quickly.
Make sure your pup has a microchip.
Of course, having a microchip is important because it is something your pup cannot lose like a collar. Make sure you have this updated every time you move/change your phone number. If you can't remember when you last updated your microchip be sure to contact your manufacturer to do so. Most can do this on their websites.
Burn off some energy.
Before the fireworks even think about starting, exercise your dog both physically and mentally. A tired dog is a tired dog, and when you've had a long day you can sleep through anything. To help your dog sleep you should keep your curtains closed, or have your pup in his kennel with some music if you're leaving. Thunder shirts have been known to help pups with noise phobias as well.
Stay home with your pup, pop on that music, and play with some fun squeaky toys (we love the wubbas!) to distract him during the outside festivities. Be observant of anything that alerts him, give treats if he recovers quickly, and goes back to playing with you to help encourage confidence.
Stay positive and record what bothers him and what doesn't. This can help you during the offseason, so you can train to be better for New Year's when the fireworks come out again.
And if your pup doesn't have any noise phobias, that's great! I would still recommend being observant, as these things can change, especially in younger pups.
If you need a little extra help, these are the supplements that a few of our more nervous pups used before visiting us at the veterinarian's office which had great success. Remember though, these are only used for times of need, they also should be given before the "issue" arises (so if you know the fireworks start at 5 pm, give them to your pup at 4 or 4:30 pm).
Extra: If you have kitty friends at home that are also nervous during this time of the year, I've always had great success (personal and while working at the veterinarian's office) with Feliway. (Diffuser link in case you won't be home)
*As of this blog post, I am not affiliated with any of the above brands in any way, everything stated above is all my personal opinion. I am affiliated with Amazon though and will get a small percentage of the sale if you follow the link I provided for the product. Thank you so much for your support.
& remember, every day is a great day for an adventure with your best pup!