Celebrating the Fourth of July holiday comes with fireworks and loud noise! For many of our pets, fireworks can provoke fear and anxiety from the unpredictable noise and vibrations they experience.
During the month of July, there is an average of a 45% increase in pet anxiety-related claims, higher than any other month of the year. Veterinarian Dr. Sarah Nold offers advice on beating pet anxiety this 4th of July.
- Leave the television or radio on to minimize the impact of loud sounds to pets.
- Consider body wraps, pheromone diffusers, or calming collars to help relax your pet.
- Place your pet in a familiar environment, where they will feel secure during the explosion of fireworks. This could be in a trusted kennel, bedroom, or gated-off area where your pet spends most of their time and is most comfortable.
- For severely anxious pets, anxiety medication could be necessary. Talk with your veterinarian to determine if medication is right for your pet.
Fourth of July celebrations last all day and are sometimes days long. Pet owners should consider these helpful tips to keep their furry family members physically and mentally safe:
- 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.
- Stay Hydrated: If your pet will be outside during festivities, ensure they stay hydrated with plenty of water and have access to shade 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.
Trupanion, a leader in medical insurance for cats and dogs offers this advice to help protect the security, mental health and safety of your furry, four legged family members through the loud fireworks of the Fourth of July holiday.