As a pet sitter here in Indian Trail NC, I can’t believe how many times I see loose dogs running the streets. July 4th Fireworks and your pet just do not mix. I am sorry to say that I am sure that there will be many more on Thursday July 5th. Yes, the day after the 4th of July. I am writing this blog to ask every dog owner to NOT leave your pet outside on the 4th of July. Dogs get so scared with the loud booms of the fireworks. Animal shelter staffs know they will see increased numbers of stray dogs in the days after celebratory fireworks. Independence Day and New Year’s Eve are fearful times for many dogs. Their ears are far more sensitive than those of humans, and they have no way to know what’s going on.
Below are some things that you can do to help your dog on the 4th of July.
* Arrange to have your dog in a place where there won’t be loud fireworks displays — a friend’s or relative’s home or a doggie day care with which your dog is familiar. If it’s an unfamiliar place for your dog, take him over there a few times in the days before the holiday so that it won’t be a surprise when you take him there on the Fourth.
* If you cannot take your dog to a place away from fireworks, then have a dog kennel at home for her to feel safe in. if you’re not going to be home, have a friend or sitter there to keep your dog company and take her out to relieve herself every four hours.
* Ask your veterinarian for herbal relaxer options that can be given shortly before the fireworks begin. These over-the-counter remedies may work well for your pet.