July 4th Dog Safety Tips

Ah, Independence Day. The sights, the smells, the BOOMS! It’s one of the best days in our country’s history, but it probably isn’t your doggo’s fave. Lucky for you and your patriotic pup, we’ve put together a list of July 4th dog safety tips to help both of you enjoy the most American day of the year.

Keep Dogs Safe Indoors

Fido + fireworks = fear, and your pup is probably less mesmerized by the sparkles, flashes, and bangs than you are. Respect your dog’s needs and boundaries. During the pyrotechnics, make sure your four-legged companion has a cool, comfortable environment with plenty of food and water.

Ensure your dog has her usual safe space to retreat to (her crate, a favorite couch corner, or even under the bed), and then just let her be. Your pup will come out when she feels ready.

Consider CBD Treats

If you plan to use any sort of medication or supplement, start giving it to your pet at least 5 days before the booms start, so it has time to build up in their system.

“There’s a physiological condition called the ‘wind up’ phenomenon describing the time before a dog starts feeling pain or anxious,” says Dr. Robert Silver, DVM, and Veterinary Science Officer of Okoa Pet. “Once this condition begins, it’s more difficult to get the nervousness to stop.”

We conducted a two-week study with Okoa Pet’s CBD treats, and the results were rebarkable. Pup parents reported lower anxiety levels from loud noises (fireworks, thunderstorms, etc.) after administering the CBD treats.

ID Your Pup

According to PetAmberAlert.com, animal control services see a 30 percent increase in missing pets July 4-6 each year, mainly due to dogs being left unattended outside during loud parties and fireworks displays.

Whether your dog will be out at parades or only outside for potty breaks between hiding in the hoomans’ bathroom, their flight risk increases this time of year. Before the fun starts, be sure your pup has proper identification, a microchip, and a license tag (which is basically your doggo’s Uber ride home instead of to the pound).

If you find someone else’s lost dog, immediately follow these steps to get the furry one back to its home.

dog holding small American flag in mouth
Here for the party, not for the fireworks. | Camylla Battani

Keep Calm and Carry On

Remember, dogs feed off our energy. The more you can “stay normal,” the more your pooch will be his usual happy-go-lucky self. Stick to the daily routine as much as pawssible when it comes to mealtimes and walks, and you’ll be helping your doggo do the same.

Use Technology to Your Advantage

You can also turn on the TV (at regular volume) or play calming music during the “Rice Krispies” portion of the evening (the part with the Snap, Crackle, and Pop) to help your noise-sensitive pup feel calm and protected. Finally, you might try wrapping your shaky Schnauzer in a soothing ThunderShirt.

Above all else, pay attention to your dog and address his unique needs as best as you can. However you two end up spending your Fourth, give us a wag on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram tagging #SidewalkDog to show us what you’re pup to! Got anymore July 4th dog safety tips? Share ’em in the comments!

Featured photo: Caleb Fisher

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