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July 4th Celebration
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Along with barbecues, no July 4th holiday celebration is complete without fireworks. However, while most everyone enjoys going to the fireworks, your pets might be cowering in fear. Animals don’t understand that fireworks are for fun, all they see are flashes of light and hear loud sounds. In fact, July 5th is the busiest day of the year at animal shelters nationwide, with them being flooded with calls about missing pets who had panicked at the sound of the fireworks and run away in the night. Luckily, there are ways to prevent a pet from panicking from the whizzes and bangs.

Most importantly, do not leave a pet outside! It might seem obvious, but even a pet who is familiar with being outside can break away from their restraints or jump a fence if they are scared. Never take them to a fireworks display, and if possible, stay at home with them to ease their anxiety.

When the fireworks begin to go off, close all windows, curtains and blinds. Try to distract them by playing their favorite game or with their favorite toy or turn on the television or radio. NAPPS has a relationship with DogTV which offers a FREE No-Obligation 30-day Trial for NAPPS Members. There are cd’s that are specially designed to calm dogs down, one is called Through A Dog’s Ear. Also, a YouTube channel called Relax My Dog also offers calming music.

There’s also the ThunderShirt which provides gentle, constant pressure and keeps them feeling secure during scary noises. Melatonin is also known for its calming abilities, as well as other herbs and supplements that are available at pet stores. Always contact a vet if there are any questions or concerns.

No matter how much we enjoy the fireworks, it is up to pet parents to make sure that their pets are as calm and comfortable as possible, so they don’t get themselves into a dangerous situation.