SAN ANGELO – While most Americans enjoy the sights and sounds of fireworks to celebrate the nation's independence on the Fourth of July, they can be devastating to many pets.
The 4th of July Independence Day Holiday is this weekend, and in tradition with the holiday comes fireworks! For many pets, fireworks can provoke fear and anxiety from the unpredictable noise and vibration it causes.
Here are some helpful tips and insight into reducing your pet's anxiety towards fireworks.
According to some reports, veterinarians receives on average a 45% increase in anxiety-related calls, higher than any other month of the year.
Here are 4 tips from veterinarian Dr. Sarah Nold on how you can keep your pets happy and safe this 4th of July holiday;
Place your pet in a familiar environment, where they will feel the most secure during a fireworks show. This could be either a kennel, a bedroom, or a gated-off area where your pet spends most of their time.
- Leave the television or radio on, or turn on a fan in a room to help sound-sensitive pets.
- Consider body wraps, pheromone diffusers, or calming collars to help relax your pet.
- For more severely anxious pets, anxiety medication could be necessary. Talk with your veterinarian to determine if medication is right for your pet.
Additionally, all pet owners should consider these helpful tips to keep their furry friends safe throughout the day;
- Stay Hydrated: If your pet will be outside during festivities, ensure they stay hydrated with plenty of water and have access to share throughout the day.
- BBQ Safety: Avoid feeding your pet table scraps from a BBQ as it can cause a serious stomach ache. Also, beware of bones and corn-on-the-cob as pets can swallow those foods whole and not be able to digest them properly.
- ID Tags: With our pets heading outside, many may run off and become lost. Ensure they are wearing their ID/collars to avoid a stressful moment of panic.
Happy (and safe) 4th of July!