Is Your Dog Going to Run for Cover?

Is Your Dog Going to Run for Cover?

Fireworks!!!

Unfortunately, not everyone enjoys fireworks! Dogs tend to have a different feeling towards fireworks.

With the 4th of July coming up in a few days, we must think about how we are going to make this event as painless as possible. If you thought your dog was scared of thunderstorms, just image how he is going to behave with loud bangs in the sky and flashes in his eyes.

A night like this can cause your beloved dog to run away to seek shelter, which is never a pleasant situation! Therefore, we wanted to share with you a few tips on how you can help keep your dog safe this 4th of July.

5 Simple Tips to help your dog cope with the fireworks

  1. During the day, give your dog plenty of exercise so he is ready for a nap during the evening hours.
  2. While fireworks are going off outside, keep your dog inside and by no means try to have him hang out with you while you are enjoying the bright lights and booming sounds.
  3. Provide your dog with a safe place to hang out like the bathroom or a closet area. If your dog is crate trained, then crating would be your best bet. He will probably be more than happy to retreat in his crate for the time being. Cover the crate with a blanket to provide extra security.
  4. Always, for extra protection, ensure that your dog is wearing a collar with ID tags. Furthermore, having your dog microchipped provides even more protection.
  5. And lastly, give your dog something to do to help take his attention off of the moment. Chew sticks or a Kong stuffed with peanut butter or dog cookies works great.

If you are concerned about how your pet will react towards fireworks, give us a call. For severe cases of anxiety during fireworks, seek help from one of our veterinarians. Sileo may help.

Book your pet’s appointment today!

— Caroline Vaughan, Hospital Adminisrator

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