It’s the familiar time of year when the grills are going hot, the summer days are longer than ever, and every so often, you hear the bang of a distant firework. Over the next 2 weeks, we’ll hear more and more of this classic American tradition to celebrate our country’s independence.
For you and me (and the kids), this is all fun and games. But our fur family, this can mean tragedy. Pets, especially dogs, typically hate fireworks. The loud, sporadic noises can cause erratic and unpredictable behavior. Here are some tips to help keep your dog calm and collective during this fireworks season.
- Keep your pet indoors more than normal. Especially while fireworks are going on. If you do take your pet outside, make sure they are on a leash or in a secured area. Dogs are fast, during fireworks celebrations, don’t let them loose for even a second.
- Avoid the noise! Keep your doors and windows shut to block out the percussions of firecrackers and other explosives.
- Show a little extra love. Pets can become hyper anxious during this time. Giving them a few extra cuddles, maybe an extra treat or two, and definitely some belly rubs, can really go a long way in soothing your pet.
- Keep track of your pet before the fireworks begin. There are many options to make sure your pet is identified in the event of a lost animal. The most basic option is simply a tag with your pet’s name, address, and phone number (or email for the Millenials). You can also utilize various pet-finder services like Pet Amber Alert ID or Pet GPS.
- Try some pet-safe CBD. CBD is a newer product on the market, especially for South Dakota. Did you even know that CBD is made specifically pets? We’ve been selling our specially formulated pet CBD for over a year and we’ve heard incredible response stories. From reducing anxiety to recovering from surgery, this is a great option to give to your dog over the 4th of July fireworks celebrations. You can learn more about how CBD can help your pet here.
Hopefully, by following some of these basic tips, you’ll avoid the heartbreak of losing your fur baby. Stay safe, and as always, please reach out with any questions you might have.