Happy 4th of July! This is such a fun holiday for us humans, drinks, food, gathering and lots of fireworks. Our fun can be a dog's worst nightmare, especially the fireworks. So below are a few safety tips to help you get through tomorrow.
First and foremost, don't forget about your dog! Whatever your plans, make sure you are thinking of what is best for your dog!
Start the day with a big walk or an early morning hike to get some of that energy out. Be sure to get their later walk in before the fireworks start.
To keep you & your pooch in good standing during gatherings, make sure they are not being set up for disaster and keep the food out of their reach. If they are nervous around people, you may want to provide them their own private spot for the party and be sure to relieve them with walks and visits.
If your dog is at home during the fireworks and they are sensitive to the noise, make sure they are in the inner-most part of your home and if they have a crate, they are in it. This will help cut down on the noise and make them feel safe.
If your dog is with you at a party and will not tolerate fireworks, make sure to bring their crate and see to it that they are in an inner room at your party host's house. However, if your dog doesn't mind fireworks, just ensure they are on a leash as you enjoy the show together.
There are some dogs that go out of their skin with fear during fireworks, for this you should consult your veterinarian for a sedation prescription or seek an herbal alternative.
I wish you all a safe and fun 4th of July!