Don’t let your best friend end up a “July 4th Dog!” Did you know that the Fourth of July is known by animal shelters across the country as the day when more dogs run away from home than any other day of the year? Remember, to your pets’ sensitive ears, loud fireworks are even more overwhelming. You might think you’re doing your dog a favor including them in your celebration, when really, your four-legged family member just wants to stay home as far from the noise and commotion as possible.
Here are several tips for keeping your dog safe on the Fourth of July.
- Proper Identification – make sure your dog is wearing a secure collar with all his identification information. This is your first line of defense against being permanently separated from your pet. Visit your local Grange Co-op store and ask about PetScribe I.D. tags, inscribed instantly with all the information needed to reunite you with your pet. We strongly suggest you include both your number AND your veterinarian’s number, in case you cannot be reached.
- Leave your dog at home and indoors. Parades, concerts and outdoor fireworks displays won’t be much fun for your dog, especially if they become frightened by the large crowds and loud noises. And, while a fenced back yard may seem safe, it’s quite possible your dog will become so frightened, even from neighborhood fireworks, that they may be inclined to find a way to escape the back yard.
- For many dogs, just being inside the house is not enough to keep him or her, and your property, safe. The flight response can be so overpowering that we have multiple accounts of dogs chewing their way through walls, doors, etc. A high quality crate may be the solution. We carry both wire crates and plastic crates. Our wire crates feature heavy-duty wire your dog will not be able to break, thus avoiding injury. Plastic crates offer a more “cave-like” environment and are often the place a highly-anxious dog will feel safest.
- Of course, you should NEVER leave your dog in a parked car any time of year, but especially during the hot summer when a cracked window certainly will not provide enough air to keep your pet from suffering heat-related injury or death.
- Help your dog remain calm through the use of over-the-counter remedies including anxiety supplements and the ThunderShirt, which calms dogs through gentle continuous pressure – proven effective for 80% of anxious dogs. All of these items can be found at your Grange Co-op store, or on grangecoop.com.
How the Thundershirt works:
With its patent-pending design, Thundershirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs if they are anxious, fearful or over-excited. Based on surveys completed by over two thousand customers, over 80% of dogs show significant improvement in symptoms when using Thundershirt. Thundershirt is already helping tens of thousands of dogs around the world, and is recommended by thousands of veterinarians and dog trainers.
If your dog is particularly nervous by nature, consult your veterinarian before the Fourth of July to determine the best approach for dealing with your pet’s anxiety.