More pets are lost on the 4th of July than any other holiday. This is mostly because of firework displays and the stress or anxiety they can bring on for dogs and pets in general. Animal control officials around the country report on average a 30% uptick in lost pets each year between July 4th - 6th.
It’s not just rescues, but all dogs may or may not react to the loud noises and booms that the 4th of July or any holiday worthy of fireworks may bring. Your otherwise well-adjusted dog may have issues so it’s good to know these steps in order to keep your dog safe, secure, and as calm as possible during the festivities.
1. Make Sure Your Dog has Proper Identification – If your dog does get out of the house as it’s seeking refuge either from your yard, or bolts through an unsecured door, making sure it has proper ID can save its life. According to nationwide statistics, only 14% of lost pets are returned to their owners, and 30-60% are euthanized because they cannot be properly identified and returned to their owners.
2. Stay Inside – Keep your doors secured and keep your pet inside safely during loud noises such as fireworks. In a perfect world someone will stay home with your dog and make sure they are not stressed out. But if not, make sure your dog is in a safe place. If you have to be outside with your dog, keep them leashed and under firm control.
3. Comfort your Pet – There are a variety of ways to keep a pet comfortable and comforted during loud noises.
· Safe spaces like their crates as a retreat
· Thunder coats to make them feel more embraced
· Calming treats and chews
· Pheromone plugins
· Aromatherapy – high quality essential oils diffused or applied topically*
· Rescue Remedy and other supplements*
· Calm Music
This 3-step approach will help your dog weather the artificial storm brought on by fireworks during the festivities to celebrate our independence. It may mean making modifications to your celebration plans but keeping your dog safe and stress-free is something to celebrate as well.
*please always use high quality aromatherapy products and supplements, learn how to use them before applying topically or aromatically, and make sure they are safe for your pets.