Tips for Keeping Dogs Safe on July 4th

While the 4th of July is a fun time for humans, it can be a scary time for our dogs as a result of the unexplained and extremely loud sounds that fireworks make. 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:

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