4th of July Celebration is fun and enjoyable for humans but the loud noise of fireworks can really pose a threat to the health and safety of our pets. Allivet pet pharmacy sees a rise in pets requiring medication for stress and anxiety during July. We also see a flood of missing pet reports of pets who ran away to escape the fear of loud fireworks. There are ways to make July 4th safer and less stressful for pets.
1. Avoid the Noise: Take your dog out for a walk early in the day and not at night during fireworks. During the night close the door, turn on the tv and try to drown out the loud noise.
2. Keep them in doors: Keep your pet in doors during fireworks. Create a calm environment for your pet to relax. If possible keep your pet in one secure room and plug in Adaptil D.A.P Dog Appeasing Pheromone Diffuser. D.A.P reduces fear and stress related behavior. This product has been formulated to mimic pheromones to calm dogs of all ages and reduce or even completely stop undesirable stress-related behavior.
3. Make them Feel Safe: Environment stress is related to any change that occurs where your pet lives or spends most of his time. Vetri-Science chews are made for dogs or cats suffering from anxiety and environmental stress. These Composure chews have an advanced formula that can be used in immediate cases or for on-going stress support.
4. Act Normal: Talk to your pet in a comforting and upbeat tone. Your pet takes cues from you, if they sense that you’re confident and unafraid, they will be more likely to respond in a similar manner.
5. Accurate Identification: Make sure your pet is wearing an up to date identity tag. This will make it easier to find him in case he does run away.
If your pet is lost during the holiday, immediately check with your local animal control agency first. Put up flyers with a photo and detailed description. Check around the neighborhood carefully. Lost cats have been found days later hiding under a bush in front of their owners’ homes. For dogs, expand the search area further than expected as a precaution.