Tips for a Happy, Safe Independence Day

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Tips for a Happy, Safe Independence Day

Like BBQs, outdoor games and time with family and friends, no Fourth of July celebration would be complete without fireworks. What may be a fun evening activity for you, however, might be traumatic for dogs and cats that experience ultra-sensitive hearing.

As the holiday quickly approaches, here are some tips and precautionary steps you can take to help keep your pet happy and safe during the festivities.

Leave pets at home.

When heading to the park or your backyard to watch the firework show, it may be tempting to bring your pet with you. Due to the loud noises and crowded streets, the chances of having your pet runaway increase when they aren’t left at home. Additionally, the noises of the fireworks will be much louder closer to the source than at your home.

Watch for signs of anxiety.

Some of the most common signs of anxiety include drooling or licking the lips, whimpering, shaking, pacing and showing the whites of the eyes. If your pet starts experiencing anxiety, be prepared to either bring your pet home (or inside) and find a secure location or crate for him or her to relax. Keeping your dog hydrated will also help calm them down.

Make a distraction.

Leaving your pet in an empty, quiet house will only make the loud booming sounds even louder. When you take off to watch the fireworks, turn on a radio or television to create some white noise for your pet to make them feel more at ease.

Consult veterinary professionals.

If the Fourth of July is a dreaded holiday for you and your pet, there are a few additional measures that can be taken to make your pet more comfortable. Your veterinarian can prescribe a light medication (either for anxiety or a small sedative) for the holiday.

The most important things to remember are to stay calm and prepare ahead of time. When your dog is scared, if you are calm and have solutions for the anxiety, the situation will be smoother for everyone.

Should any unexpected emergencies arrive or if you wish to discuss the possibility of receiving a prescription for your pet prior to the holiday, please give Butte Oroville Veterinary Hospital a call today. We hope everyone has a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Posted Monday, June 30, 2014