Dogs and fireworks are a bad combination most of the time. Yes, I look happy here at the fireworks stand, but that is because it is quiet. Once people start setting them off I turn into a hot mess. I’m not alone. Many dogs are terrified of fireworks, and even dogs who usually don’t mind them can be suddenly frightened by super loud boomers.
Today I want to remind people to be extra mindful of your pup. It is a fact that people are not going to stop shooting off fireworks, so the only thing to do is help your furry friend. Some ways to help your dog cope are to use CBD oil or some drugs from your vet. Keeping your pup in an area without windows playing a loud movie or music to drown out the noise may help too. It is best to start your program at least an hour before you expect the boomers to start. Once we are scared it is much harder to calm us down again.
Did you know that fireworks are the reason there are more dogs that go missing on July 4th than on any other day of the year? One in five dogs will go missing after being frightened by fireworks. Dogs and fireworks are a bad idea. What can you do to keep your dog safe?
- Keep your dog indoors during fireworks.
- If your dog must be out, keep them restrained, don’t let them run loose.
- Walk and play outside during the day.
- Make sure your dog is wearing ID, and is microchipped.
- Act normal and don’t make a bid deal about the fireworks.
- Comfort your pup, but don’t overdo it.
Sometimes we just want to bury our head somewhere, and if that is what works, great! We all dread the 4th of July, but also the week before and after since so many people find it fun to set of fireworks daily. It is rude behavior for so many reasons, but there is nothing we can do. Keep your dog safe, and enjoy your 4th of July!