Your dog is your best friend – man’s best friend! Yet, they may not enjoy the 4th of July festivities in the same way that you do. Here’s some ways to be their best friend this weekend!
Keep your pets indoors or in a secure, confined area where they feel comfortable. If your pet has a favorite blanket or toy, be sure he has that nearby.
Please don’t take your pet to a fireworks show. This includes official shows or just the neighborhood shows.
Turn on a radio, television, or fan to muffle the sound of fireworks. Providing common household noises that your pet knows and trusts will help calm your pet if he is alone during the night.
If possible, do not leave your dog (or cat) outside this weekend. Once scared, they will often jumps fences and run fast and far from home, not noticing cars or other hazards.
If your dog begins to whine, pace, and pant, try to distract him by playing his favorite game or having him perform his favorite trick. Petting him and trying to soothe him with your voice might simply reinforce and increase his anxious behavior.
Ensure that your pet is wearing current identification tags at all times and, if possible, has a microchip I.D.
If you know your pet is severely frightened of loud noises and flashes of light (such as lightning and thunder), please consult your veterinarian for advice regarding medication.
If your pet is lost, please begin checking as soon as possible at The SPCA or your local animal shelter.
*Tips compiled through multiple SPCA websites/lists.
Keep your babies, your best friends – your beloved pets – safe this weekend! They’re part of the family, so please make sure they feel like it this weekend!