The July 4th fireworks, summer thunderstorms and other loud noises can be very upsetting to dogs and cats. Fortunately, there are certain things you can do to help your pets feel a little safer during this holiday:
- Close doors and windows to help limit outside noise.
- Play soft music, a calm television program or other ambient noise.
- Walk dogs before dark.
- When outdoors, keep your dog on a leash under the control of a responsible adult.
- Make sure pets are microchipped and have up-to-date collar tags.
- Some dogs may benefit from wearing a shirt or pajamas to help calm their anxiety.
- If you have people over, make sure everyone knows the importance of closing the doors and gates behind them.
- Don't take dogs to celebrations with fireworks or loud noises.
- Have recent photos of your pet to share should they become lost.
Be aware of common foods found at July 4th celebrations that cause problems for pets:
- Onion and garlic
- Grapes and raisins
- Chocolate – including baked goods
- Sugar-free products that contain Xylitol
- Fatty foods such as hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, ice cream
- Corn cobs
- Alcohol, marijuana and marijuana edibles
We hope you and your pets enjoy a safe holiday weekend!