Independence Day, more commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a national holiday in the United States of America, which commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. America declared independence from the United Kingdom on this day and typically the 4thJuly is celebrated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events to commemorate the history, government, and traditions of the United States.
But whilst people are out partying and having family get togethers, spare a thought for your pets and in particular your dogs if you have any. Dogs will not know what is happening and do not like to have their routine upset and can become easily frightened by loud noises and flashes set off by fireworks. They can even develop phobias which may cost you a fortune to try and put right. We have set out a few basic rules that you can follow to make sure your pet is protected during your 4th July celebrations, allowing you to relax and enjoy yourself, and not having to worry about your pets safety.
Tips to Avoid Having Your Pet Become a “July 4th Dog”:
Best Case Scenario: Always try to leave your pets at home. Be sure to place them in a well-secured area, as some pets will become destructive if they get frightened. Remove any items nearby that could be damaged. It’s also a good idea to leave the radio or television on to help muffle outside noise. Leave favourite toys lying around or something comforting like a blanket to soothe them.
If you decide to take them with you, never ever leave your pets in the car. Leaving the windows opened slightly is not enough to keep the temperature inside a car down for your dog, especially during the hot summer months. They can easily become overheated in a matter of a couple of hours if left unattended.
Never leave your pets alone and unattended even if they’re fenced in or on a chain or leash. Some pets may try to escape if frightened and could become entangled on their leash causing injury or even death. They may become a danger to themselves and others if they run out into traffic.
If you have to take your pets with you make sure that all your pets have current identification tags on so that if they do become lost, they can quickly be returned to you. Even better, get them micro chipped before you take them anywhere.
Use Rescue Remedy on your pets to help calm them during stressful situations. Bach flower remedies such as Rescue Remedy are great for pets and people too. They can be used to naturally help relieve anxiety, stress and fearfulness during loud fireworks displays.
If you do take your pets with you, place them in a quiet room away from the party and noise and check up on them frequently throughout the day or night to reassure them. Make sure they have enough food and water to sustain them.