Fireworks and Pets

Fireworks and Pets

Wednesday, 24 June 2020 08:37

It's not uncommon for dogs to be afraid of loud noises including fireworks. What is a celebration for us is often a frightening experience for our dogs. With the 4th of July quickly approaching, here are some tips to help prepare your dog.

Update Your Pet's Microchip and Tag Information

Sadly, many pets go missing on July 4th and July 5th is one of the busiest times for animal shelters as they try to reunite missing pets. Microchips are one of the most effective ways to reunite missing pets with their owners. As a reminder, make sure that not only is your pet microchipped, but also their registration information is up to date. You can stop by our clinic at any time and have your pet scanned for a microchip. We can also inform you with whom the microchip is registered so you can contact the registration company and make sure all the information they have is accurate. If your pet was microchipped by us, we automatically register them for you based on the information we have in our system.

It's also important that your pet wear an up-to-date ID tag so that if they are found, they can easily be reunited.

Provide Your Dog with a Safe Space

Many dogs will feel comforted by having a safe space to stay during fireworks. For some dogs this might be a crate, a closet or a comfy bed. Keeping dogs in their own home and indoors can also lessen the chances of them getting spooked and running away.

Distract Your Dog with the Good Stuff

Rather than worry about fireworks, give your dog something yummy to enjoy! Now is the time to bring out the good stuff. A stuffed kong or a food puzzle can help distract your dog.

Sedatives and Supplements

There are many over the counter and vet prescribed calming products that have been shown to be effective. Some of our favorites include the Thundershirt and Vetri Science Composure Chews. There are also a number of prescription sedatives that can help dogs who are more effected by fireworks. Our best advice is to give us a call so we can discuss which supplements/medications may be best for your pet.