Make the 4th of July Safe, Not Scary for Your Pup

While the 4th of July is a fun time for humans, it can be a scary time for our dogs. In fact, more dogs are lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. Many dogs become fearful or anxious which may cause them to escape or injure themselves. Follow these tips to keep your pup safe this Independence Day.

  • Don’t take your dog to any event, new location or fireworks show – the crowds, noise and darkness can cause a dog to panic
  • Remove outdoor access for your dog during the peak firework times – dogs who might venture out to a yard could panic and jump a fence to escape
  • Make sure your dog has a collar and ID tags on
  • Exercise your dog early in the morning before the crowds and noise pick up
  • Put your dog in the quietest room in the house:
    • Muffle sound with calming music and towels or pillows around the doors and windows
    • Close blinds and drapes
  • Try a thundershirt or anxiety wrap to help alleviate stress
  • Give your pup something to do during the firework shows:
    • Special treat (not everyday treats)
    • Long-lasting chew
    • Interactive toy
  • Talk to your vet about calming aids:
    • Rescue remedy
    • Essential oils
    • Pheromone diffusers and collars