The Fourth of July can be a stressful time for pets due to the loud fireworks and celebrations. Here are some tips to help protect your pets and keep them calm during this holiday:
Keep your pets indoors
Keep your pets inside the house, preferably in a room where they feel safe and secure. Close all doors and windows to minimize the noise from fireworks. Additionally, turning on some background music or the television can also help drown out the noise.
In Bend, the fireworks are usually held at the Les Schwab Amphitheater or the Pilot Butte State Park. The fireworks show typically starts after sunset, so if you are trying to reduce exposure avoid these areas at this time.
Create a safe space
Set up a comfortable and secure area for your pets. Also, provide them with their favorite bedding, toys, and some water. Furthermore, if your pet is crate-trained, allow them to retreat to their crate as a safe haven.
For some pets, their stress level around the Fourth of July is high enough that medication should be considered. There are several anti-anxiety medications that can be prescribed to help manage anxiety.
Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags with up-to-date contact information. In case they get scared and escape, it will be easier for someone to contact you if they find your pet.
Microchip your pet
Consider getting your pet microchipped and registering their information with a national database. This way, if they do manage to run away and get lost, Alpine Vet Clinic can scan for the microchip and reunite you with your pet.
Stay with your pet
If you have a particularly anxious pet, it can be helpful to stay with them during the fireworks. Your presence can provide comfort and reassurance.
Distractions and desensitization
Provide distractions for your pet during the Fourth of July by offering treats, toys, or engaging in playtime. Additionally, you can gradually desensitize your pet to loud noises by playing firework sounds at a low volume and gradually increasing it over time. This can help them become more accustomed to the sounds.
Consult your veterinarian
As always, if you are unsure about how to best care for your pet, make sure to consult your veterinarian. Click below to schedule an appointment.