The Fourth of July is upon us and that means friends, family, fun, and a little fear for our pets. Today we’re here to help you prepare your pet for anything that can happen during the upcoming holiday.

  • Have an emergency plan in place. Our sister hospital, UrgentVet, is open on all holidays (including the Fourth of July) from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. They also have two locations, one in Belmont, NC and one in Fort Mill, SC! You can find all of their contact information by clicking here. It’s important to have their phone number and address ready in case of an emergency.
  • Provide a safe place for your pet and fill it with distractions. Some pets might prefer to be secluded in a closed, secure area of your home, like the basement or an interior room. Close all windows, window treatments, and doors (and please double check everything). Then, distract your pet with classical music, games, or a treat or toy that will keep their mind busy. This should help drown out some of the noise in the background.
  • Prepare your pet. If your pet has an opportunity to slowly become accustomed to the sounds of fireworks, the real thing on the Fourth of July won’t be as scary. Google “firework sounds for dogs” for several free options to help desensitize your pet from the loud bangs. First, play the sounds softly while your pet is doing something he enjoys, like eating or playing. Gradually increase the volume until it sounds like a true fireworks show.
  • Try products. There are many products meant to reduce anxiety and fear in pets. Some include:
    • Naturally occurring and calming pheromones (Adaptil for dogs and Feliway for cats) that can be plugged into your wall in the form of a diffuser, sprayed in your pet’s safe place, or even worn as a collar
    • Security and anti-anxiety wraps, like the Thundershirt, Storm Defender, Anxiety Wrap, and others
    • Nutritional supplements and special diets meant to reduce anxiety, promote relaxation, and maintain emotional balance (ask us what we recommend!)
    • Ear plugs for dogs, originally meant for hunting dogs who were around guns, can help muffle the noise (if you have luck keeping them in your dog’s ears)
  • Talk to us about anti-anxiety medications. For pets with severe anxiety (watch for signs like shaking, destructive behavior, decreased appetite, incontinence, and excessive salivation), call our office. Often, the best option for these pets is prescription anti-anxiety medication, which will alter your pet’s brain chemistry, rather than just causing drowsiness, to reduce anxiety.

More pets go missing on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year, it’s important to have a plan of action and be prepared for anything that can happen. As always, we’re here to help if you have any questions at all.

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