Wishing you a very happy 4th of July from Rylee and the gang!
Here are some friendly reminders to keep your furry four-legged friends happy and safe during the holiday weekend.
- In case of hot weather: please read this post.
- Please have identification tags on your pets at all times in case they escape or run away! Better safe than sorry!
- If they are scared of loud noises/thunder/fireworks/people, put them somewhere they feel and are the safest. Whether this be their crate, a spare interior bedroom, a cozy room in the basement.
- Don’t forget to use soothing techniques when calming a nervous pet. These methods can include body wraps like Thundershirts, veterinarian prescribed anxiety-reducing medication, soothing music, and much more.
- If you know your pet is nervous, plan ahead! Let them outside, leashed, to use the restroom before the fireworks/party starts. Stay home if you can; they might feel better knowing you’re near, even if you aren’t directly comforting them. Keep them away from windows, doors, and exterior walls to minimize the noise.
- Keep them busy! Offer them a selection of toys. Stuff Kong balls with treats and peanut butter, offer them a favorite chew toy - whatever your dog likes!
- Don’t take your pet to a 4th of July celebration! Even the most well-behaved pet can become anxious or scared by people and the noises. Leave them home, in an environment where they will feel and are the safest.
- Don’t just assume your pet is “fine” because they “look fine.” Symptoms of fear/anxiety don’t often appear clearly. All it takes is one loud boom!
- If you are having a 4th of July celebration at your home, remember to let your pet have some quiet time after socializing with the guests. Even the life of the party can get tired after a while!
But above all, have a great holiday weekend with your pet! Just please remember to keep them healthy, happy, and safe. :)