Hello Pet Parents,

As Fourth of July approaches, it’s time to plan for a pet-friendly celebration. While we enjoy the festivities, it’s essential to consider the well-being of our furry friends, who might find the noise and excitement of fireworks distressing. In this newsletter, we share valuable tips to help your pup have a calm and safe New Years Eve.

 

1. Create a Safe Space:

Prepare a quiet and secure area in your home where your dog can retreat to if the noise becomes too much. A cozy crate or a familiar room can provide comfort.

2. Keep ID Tags Updated:

Ensure your dog is wearing a collar with updated identification tags. Loud noises can be frightening, and in case your pup gets spooked and escapes, having proper identification is crucial.

3. Exercise Early:

Take your dog for a long walk or play session earlier in the day to help them expend excess energy. A tired pup is more likely to be relaxed during evening festivities.

4. Provide Distractions:

Offer engaging toys, treats, or puzzle feeders to keep your dog occupied. This can divert their attention from the noise outside and provide a positive focus.

5. Use Calming Products:

Consider products like calming wraps, vests, or diffusers that release soothing pheromones. Consult with your veterinarian to explore safe and effective options.

6. Close Windows and Curtains:

Minimize visual and auditory stimulation by closing windows and curtains. This can help dampen the sound of fireworks and reduce flashes of light.

7. Play Soothing Music or White Noise:

Create a calming atmosphere by playing soft music or using white noise to mask the sounds of fireworks. This can be particularly helpful in soothing anxious dogs.

8. Stay Home:

If your dog is prone to anxiety, it’s best to stay home with them during the festivities. This provides reassurance and ensures you’re there if they need comfort.

9. Avoid Firework Exposure:

While it may be tempting to bring your dog to fireworks displays, it’s generally in their best interest to keep them away from the noise and bright lights.

10. Emergency Preparedness:

Know the contact information for your local emergency veterinary clinic in case of any accidental injuries or extreme stress reactions