Even the calmest of dogs can become frenzied during the July 4th fireworks season. The popping and explosions frighten some animals into uncontrollable, unstoppable behavior. Some dogs run, others hide. No pet owner likes to see a dog panting with fear or anxiety.
“Dog owners should keep in mind that it is not just July 4th, but the days leading up to it and after. Certainly the 4th is the biggy, but fireworks are being detonated before and after,” said CSLEA Foundation Chair Kenny Ehrman. “You know your dog best, rely on his/her body language and what you know about the dog’s history as you take steps to be sure your dog is safe during fireworks season.”
Suggestions to keep your dog comfortable and safe during fireworks season:
- Give your dog plenty of exercise early in the morning when fireworks are not being detonated.
- Stay with our dog indoors during fireworks.
- If it’s a hot day, use air conditioning.
- Find a safe, sheltered, small enclosed area for your dog (some dogs head straight for the shower or a closet when frightened by storms and fireworks).
- Close curtains and blinds.
- Some dogs can be preoccupied with a bone or toy, although most cannot
- Be sure your dog is wearing a collar with ID tags on and is microchipped.
- Check with your dog’s vet for any possible anti-anxiety suggestions or medications.
“Be patient with your pet, don’t get aggravated or yell at him/her during this stressful time. Fireworks can be very frightening for an animal,” said Ehrman.