How to Keep your Dog Calm during the 4th of July

Independence Day is a great holiday. Lots of food, family, fun and fireworks.  While you might enjoy the explosions and bright flashes, most dogs are not used to this. The whole experience can be very stressful and overwhelming for them. More pets run away on the 4th of July than on any other day. Running from a scary situation is a basic survival instinct for them. Here are some tips to help your pet handle the holiday.

  • Take extra precautions on this day. Make sure your dog is wearing her collar and ID tag with your contact information, even if she’s staying in the house.
  • Help your friend expend energy beofre the fireworks begin. Go for a nice long walk or play a good game of fetch.
  • Be sure to provide lots of hydration.
  • Consider calming products such as calming treats and a thunder shirt.  These are specially-designed products to help your dog stay calm, and our Pet Counselors can help you find the right mix. Keep in mind, however, that you must introduce these treats when your dog is in a relaxed state. If Bella is already panting heavily and anxiety level is high, then these tools won’t work.
  • If you’re going to have your dog with you, remember she is looking to you. Send a calm message, don’t make a big deal about the fireworks, but have her on a leash, even if you’re in a fenced backyard.
  • Consider letting her stay in her kennel.  This is her safe place, and be sure to check on her regularly. Don’t think of it as her missing out, think of it as you being a good pet parent by not subjecting her to an experience which will trigger her flight instinct.

As always, call us at (316) 252-8565 with any questions, or come in and see us at 3520 N. Maize road.  Have a great Fourth of July!