The 4th of July is right around the corner, and you know what that means? FIREWORKS!
As much as humans love the sparkles in the sky, you know who doesn’t like fireworks? DOGS!
Independence Day is known as the most popular day for pets to go missing in the U.S., and Hawaii is no different than the mainland in this case.
Below are my 5 Foolproof Fireworks Safety Tips and Tricks for Dog Parents to successfully survive the 4th of July safely with your four legged family member.
Tip #1 KEEP YOUR DOG INDOORS: The most responsible thing any dog parent can do is to keep their dog safe and secure inside your home.
Consider feeding dinner earlier than usual and try to get all activities (playtime, walks, etc.) before the sun goes down and all the festivities truly kick off.
Need to take your dog outside for a quick potty break? Make sure any gate doors or fences are securely shut. Need to take them on a quick walk around the block? Ensure that your leash is fully functional, no rips or tears, and that your dog’s collar and/or harness is securely on them with ID tags, in the event your dog takes off by an unexpected firework or loud noise.
DON’T take them to any outdoor firework displays, you’re just asking for disaster. Even if your dog has never reacted in the past, don’t bank that they will maintain that behavior all the time.
TIP #2 DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG OUTSIDE: The sounds of fireworks are very scary to some dogs and can sound like all hell is breaking loose with the sky falling.
If your dog is easily scared by loud noises, their “fight or flight” instincts are going to kick in, and many will choose “flight” as their best option to run and try to find a safe place.
By leaving your dog outside, you not only increase their chances of running away and going missing, but your dog could suffer a serious medical reaction, like a heart attack, because they are so scared. There have been many a dogs who have died because they were literally scared to death.
TIP #3 MICROCHIP YOUR DOG: Let’s faces it, sometimes collars and/or tags can fall off our dogs, especially if they are running through bushes or other shrubbery.
In the event your dog takes off, make sure they have a microchip as a sure fire way to identify your pup.
Double check with the company your pup’s chip is from, that all your contact information is up-to-date and they have your most current contact information on file. This is especially important if you have recently moved or may have changed phone numbers.
If your pup is found and taken to a local vet or humane society, you want them to be able to contact you after they have been scanned right away so you can be successfully reunited with your dog.
DID YOU KNOW? As of July 1, 2020 all pets (dogs and cats) MUST have a microchip per the City & County of Honolulu, Hawaii on the island of Oahu.
TIP #4 GIVE YOUR DOG A SAFE PLACE: Give your dog (or any other species you may have as a pet) a safe place inside your home or in a secured garage if they cannot be inside your home.
If you notice that the bathroom, closet, a kennel, or a certain bedroom is one of your pup’s first “go to” places to run to feel safe, then set them up in that area with a bed, blanket, or anything that they could comfortably lay down and try to relax.
Consider placing a radio with classical music playing or stream a dog friendly channel like DOGTV (click the link below for more about DOGTV), on an iPad or laptop to help drown out the noise from outside.
TIP #5 TRY CALMING AIDS: There are many products out in the pet industry market today that caters to helping anxious dogs, like Thundershirts, CBD Treats or supplements, pet friendly essential oils, and noise cancelling headphones like Pawnix (link below). Check out some of the products available or at any of your local stores to see what you can use to help take the edge off your dog during stressful times.
Sometimes your pup may need one or a combination of products to feel better, so don’t be disappointed or discouraged if one product doesn’t do the trick. Every dog is different (just like humans) so your pup might need a variety of methods to help get the job done.
In some cases, your fur kid may need a little something more substantial like prescription medication from your veterinarian, so be sure to call in to get any medication as soon as possible to avoid not having anything when those stressful moments start up.
When using any calming aids or medication, it’s important to remember to give your dog any supplement or medication BEFORE they get too anxious and are out of sorts. If your dog’s adrenaline is already pumping and they are stressed out, any type of supplement or medication may take a lot longer to kick in or may be rendered ineffective altogether.
Remember that although you may love all the firework fun, your pup might not be as enthusiastic about the fun as you are. Be kind to your furry ohana and set yourselves up for a successful and safe 4th of July weekend.
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