Fourth of July celebration can be fun for people, but for some dogs fireworks can be a source of fear. The fear of the sights and sounds can cause anxiety and stress in the dog. Symptoms to look for include:
- Shaking, trembling
- Excessive drooling
- Barking, howling
- Trying to hide or get into or out of the house, fenced in area, or other enclosure
- Refusing to eat food/drink water
- Loosing bladder or bowel control
Here are some helpful tips you can follow to make the firework celebration less frightening for your dogs.
- Exercise your dog early in the day before festivities begin. Keep your dog indoors and create a safe place.
- Close all curtains, blinds to minimize the noise and light effects of the fireworks.
- Never leave your dog unattended even in a secure yard.
- Close all doors and windows.
- Playing calming music or turning on the television can help to drown out the firework sounds.
- Provide a special treat for your dog.
- Try playing games or exercising to distract your dog.
- Most importantly make sure your dog is wearing a current I.D. Tag at all times. Also, make sure you have a current photo of your dog available...since more pets get lost on July 4th than any day of the year.
All of us at Little Paws Pet Boutique
wish you and your pets a Happy & Safe Fourth of July!
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