• David Truchalski

How to get your dog ready for the 4th of July

July 4th is a wonderful time of the year, full of celebrations and festivities. But for dogs, July 4th is the day when loud and unexpected noises abound and colorful lights fill the sky. Needless to say; Dogs do not like fireworks. To help your dog stay calm during this time, follow the tips below. Mix them up and see if you can find the ones that work best for your dog.

Before you start, there are a few things to remember about a scared dog. Even if your best friend can look at you with understanding eyes, dogs cannot reason at the same level as human beings. There are many people, adults and children, who are frightened by the loud noises of shots, thunders or sirens, but we can reason about their purpose and we understand that the noise will disappear . The brains of dogs do not work the same way and they get angry and scared when something new or strong annoys them. A scared dog has been quick to become violent, so watch out for your doggy as he or she can attack you or attack other people. And even if this is not the case, they can become very anxious.

Try to do some of these things in advance

Make sure your dog has their collar and identification tags! So worst case, they can still be identified if they escape from your care. Identification tags may fall while your dog trying to escape. Dogs are known to chew through crates, doors, and even escape through windows because of their fear of loud noise. The outside is worse - a dog who is usually fine in a fenced yard can in this panic be prone to serious injury to the risk of getting into an accident if they escape from the yard due to the loud noise caused by fireworks.

However, you can your dog by having a place where your dog can feel safe. If you know that your dog has a serious reaction to loud noises, consider contacting your veterinarian for a mild sedative for your dog. CBD has also been known to help with anxiety, so it may be a reason to give it a try.

Here are some tips for the day

Whether you're attending a fireworks show, a parade, or a picnic with friends, leave your dog at home. Your dog does not need to go through the stress of an unfamiliar place, new people and a lot of enthusiasm for noise. Your dog will be happier if you leave them in a familiar place.

  • Also, spend time with your pet before leaving. A long walk will give your dog a chance to burn energy in order to have less energy available possibly for a "panic attack".

  • You could consider a good dog massage before leaving to put it in a calm state of mind.

  • Add carbohydrates (a simple baked potato or rice) to your dog’s usual meal - this will you’re your dog feel fuller and more sleepy than normal.

  • Take care of your dog with a special treat, some dogs like peanut butter or cheese, rawhide, a new toy or a treat (ideally a durable, tasty food!) all of these can get them occupied.

  • If you take your pet with you for the day's activities, never leave your dog in the car! In a few minutes, your dog can suffer serious health problems and can even die if left in a car. Open windows do not provide enough fresh air, but offer an opportunity for your pet to be stolen. You have made the decision to bring your pet with you for the day. You are responsible for your dog’s safety and comfort.

  • If you will be at home with your pet, try to stay in the same room to monitor possible reactions. In all likelihood, it will only be another night at home with your best friend. If you notice that your dog is stressed, distract him or her with a discreet search game or other fun activity for dogs. A new bone is great distractions.

Other tips include

  • Keep matches, ignition fluid and fireworks away from your dog. The matches may contain chlorates, which can damage blood cells, resulting in breathing difficulties, kidney disease, gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If inhaled, it can cause aspiration pneumonia, which can lead to breathing problems.

  • Never use fireworks around your dog. Exposure to fireworks, even with sparks, can cause burns or trauma to your doggy. Fireworks that have not been lit may contain harmful chemicals such as potassium nitrate, arsenic and heavy metals.

  • If you are planning a picnic, keep food and drink away from your dog. Many types of human foods can affect your dog so don't risk it.

For many people, there is nothing better than relaxing in the yard on July 4th, surrounded by good friends and family (including four-legged members of the house). While it may seem like a good idea to reward your doggy with pieces of the grill and force him to watch fireworks, some foods and party products can be potentially dangerous for your pets. Now, the tips above are not to make you paranoid or encourage you to exclude your dog from any fun activity. The goal is that this list helps everyone to have a safe and happy independence day!