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5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe and Calm This Independence Day

July 1, 2016 at 11:05 AM by Nikki Wardle

Fireworks and your dogs

It's time for that fun summer holiday we all love—it's almost Independence Day! At least, all of us humans like barbecues, warm weather, and fireworks, but for your dog, this could be the worst day of the year.

Since your dog won't understand what's going on during the fireworks and celebration, the loud noises are sure to give him or her a startle. Some dogs can become so stressed and irrational during this holiday that they run away from home in an attempt to escape. It's crucial to take precautions that will keep your dog as safe and calm as possible this Fourth of July. Here are some tips.

1. Stay Home

If you can, stay home with your dog on the Fourth. If you're unable to stay home this holiday, consider hiring a dog sitter. Having a comforting human presence will not only help calm your dog but also keep her from running away or hurting herself.

2. Keep Them Inside

Keep your dog inside your house if possible during the Fourth of July holiday, especially if the fireworks are continuing after you've gone to bed. A familiar crate, toys, and a bed can help your dog feel more secure in your home.

3. Exercise

Get your dog out for a run or walk before the loud noises start on Independence Day. A little exercise can go a long way toward helping your dog calm down later on in the evening.

4. Try a Calming Vest

Some pet owners have success with calming vests for, particularly anxious dogs. If your dog is exceedingly anxious during the Fourth of July and at other times, a calming vest may be a good investment.

5. Use Background Noise

A white noise machine or app on your phone can help muffle the sound of the fireworks, while a TV show or music can go further toward keeping the bangs and crackles from worrying your dog.

As always, your pet's health and well-being are our priority. Call us today to schedule your dog's next exam.

Topics: Pet Boarding

Nikki Wardle

Written by Nikki Wardle

Nikki has been writing for Intermountain Pet Hospital since 2014.