For some, the best part of the 4th of July is the fireworks displays. But for our pets, it’s often the worst part. Many dogs and cats are terrified of fireworks, so the 4th of July weekend can be one of the most stressful times of the year for our beloved pets. However, there are ways to keep your pets’ stress to a minimum while still having fun yourself. Read on to learn more:
Keep your pets indoors
Pets should never be outside during a fireworks display. Even if they’re relatively calm, a sudden pop or loud boom can easily startle them, causing them to run away. So, if you’re going to a party, fireworks display, or if you’re having your own fireworks in your backyard, keep your pets inside and at home where they belong.
Provide a safe, quiet area
Dogs and cats can still get frightened even if they’re kept inside. Fireworks, especially those right in their backyard, are loud and scary to our pets. It’s important, then, to provide a safe and quiet area where your pets can hide until the worst is over. Set aside a small room with their crate or bed, as well as some other familiar objects (like toys, blankets, etc.). Shut the blinds so your pet can’t see the flashes of light from the fireworks and then close the door to further deafen the noise.
Talk with your veterinarian
If your dog or cat experiences a high level of anxiety during the 4th of July weekend, it may be time to talk with your veterinarian. They can prescribe anti-anxiety medications that will keep your pets comfortable during the fireworks displays.
Hill Country Pet Sitters wants to make sure all pets are kept safe and comfortable this 4th of July. For more tips, contact us today at 830-624-9284.