Happy Tails of the Week - July 2nd, 2019

We’d like to take a moment this week to remind you of some helpful tips to help keep your dogs happy and safe this 4th of July week!

Fireworks can be fun for humans, but dogs don't have the same reaction. Veterinarians say that July 3rd is usually the most trafficked day in their offices, with clients coming in to get drugs to calm their dogs. Tips for providing a safe July 4th for your Canine Household:

  • Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day.

  • Keep your dogs inside during fireworks, preferably with human companionship. If it’s hot, air conditioning will help. Bringing your dogs to a fireworks display is never a good idea.

  • Provide a safe place inside for your dogs to retreat. When scared of sounds they can’t orient, dogs often prefer small enclosed areas. If your dog is comfortable in a crate, that is a good option.

  • If possible, keep the windows and curtains closed. Covering the crate or lowering the blinds can also be helpful. Removing visual stimulation can also help calm dogs.

  • Make sure all your dogs are wearing ID tags with a properly fitting collar. Dogs have been known to become Houdini around the 4th of July.

  • Leave your dog something fun to do – like a frozen Kong filled with his favorite treats.

We wish all our human and canine friends a Happy 4th of July. Stay safe and keep your pets safe too.