It’s that time of the year again. The sky lights up with an array of gorgeous colors, our ears are engulfed with thunderous roars and high-pitch cracks, and our dogs go running under the bed.
The Fourth of July, along with numerous celebrations that involved loud noises is a stressful time for many pet owners. We want to celebrate and have fun, but instead, we’re left worrying about our pets’ health.
And there is a good reason that we worry! Animals control officials see a 30-60% increase in lost pet on July 4th and the following two days. Many shelters busiest day of the year is July 5th. To make matter worse only 14% of lost dogs are returned to their owners.
These are alarming figures! So here’s what you can do to keep your pet safe when fireworks are lighting up the sky.
Some dogs are naturally scared by loud noises and don’t worry we are going to give you the best answers for calming them down. But first, the most important thing you should do during celebrations and storms is to not make a big deal about them. Act as if nothing is happening and this will tell your dog everything is OK.
It’s really difficult, but do not cuddle them, excessively tell them it’s OK, or give them extra love and attention. While these things calm them, it also tells them that there is a reason to be afraid in the first place. This is how many dogs develop chronic anxiety. They hear thunder for the first time, become startled, and we react and run over to them. This reinforces the fear, and so the next time a loud noise happens, they’ll react to a more severe degree and so do we, and the cycle continues.
Since you want to act as if nothing is happening, how about a game of tug-o-war? A chew toy that you can put treats or peanut butter is a great distraction for your pup. If music never bothers your dog, pop on their favorite tunes to help drown out the loud and abrupt bangs and crackles.
Some pet owners find it helpful playing white noise to drone out the frequencies produced by fireworks and thunder. As well, you can find soundtracks specifically created for dogs that will help take away their stress.
Getting in a run earlier in the day with your fluff nugget is a great way to lower their anxiety during the Fourth and New Year. Running release the chemicals serotonin and anandamide, which attach to receptors in the body, relieving tension and promoting good feelings. Anandamide attaches to serotonin 1A receptors, and this is responsible for the phenomenon known as the runner’s high.
With your pets anxiety levels down, it will be easier to calm them and get their attention away from the triggers.
Because it’s only a few days out of the year, most pet owners weather the storm and don’t risk putting their pets on prescription anxiety medication. This is a tricky and worrisome game to play though. Plus, it doesn't do us and especially our pets any good.
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