More dogs are found wandering loose on July 4th than any other day of the year
Most humans love fireworks. Our pets, however, are not fans. The day after July 4 generally is one of the busiest of the year for animals shelters all over the country. Spooked pets run for cover and find themselves lost, or worse, lost and hurt.
First, resist the urge to take pets to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep them safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area inside your home. Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. In their fear of loud noises, pets who normally wouldn't leave the yard may escape or become entangled in their chain, causing injury or death.
Never use fireworks around pets. Exposure to lit fireworks can result in severe burns and trauma to the face and paws of curious pets.
If your pet is lost, call the local shelters every day and post on El Dorado County Animal Lost and Found at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ECWALaAF/
Here are some valuable ideas to make your pets' 4th as fun as it is for us.
1. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day.
2. Keep your dogs inside during fireworks, preferably with human companionship. If it’s hot, air conditioning will help. Bringing your dogs to a fireworks display is never a good idea.
3. Provide a safe place inside for your dogs to retreat. When scared of sounds they can’t orient, dogs often prefer small enclosed areas. (I once had a dog who climbed in the bathtub during windstorms.) If your dog is comfortable in a crate, that is a good option.
4. Keep the curtains closed, and if possible, also the windows.
5. Make sure all your dogs are wearing ID tags with a properly fitting collar. (Dogs have been known to become Houdini around the 4th of July.)
6. Leave your dog something fun to do – like a frozen Kong filled with his favorite treats.
7. Sound Therapy: Through a Dog’s Ear is specially designed classical music clinically demonstrated to calm canine anxiety issues. The Calm your Canine series has even replaced drugs for thousands of dogs on July 4th. Downloads are available here.
8. Desensitization combined with Sound Therapy: The Canine Noise Phobia series includes the above mentioned music along with progressive sounds of fireworks and positive reinforcement training protocol by Victoria Stilwell.