The Fourth of July barbecue might be fun for your people-loving pooch, but come evening, the loud, high-pitched whistles and booms of fireworks can send Fido running for the hills.
"We found dog owners typically spend more than cat owners, so when deciding what pet to buy this is an important consideration as well as the breed". "Plan in advance to keep your pets calm and safe in your home and prevent them from taking up space at the already overcrowded area shelters".
Both Hoopes and Willoughby emphasized the importance of keeping pets in an area they are familiar with and where they can't hear the fireworks. If your pet disappears, there are an array of options to get them back.
The list starts with a reminder to keep your pet indoors at all times. Maybe consider leaving a television or music on to help drown out the noise. From a bedroom to a bathroom to an inside dog crate, animals often feel safer in den-like spaces. It is recommended, however, that you DO NOT take them to an event with fireworks.
Our pets are very sensitive to the effects of alcohol - so please don't give them any. "They can sense your own anxiety". If your pet seems anxious, try soothing him with a calm voice. The combination of noise and people can overwhelm dogs and cats and cause them to be unpredictable and frightened.
"It lets them know 'Hey, I don't do this and you shouldn't either'". In severe cases, death from respiratory failure is also a possibility.
If you're not able to bring your pets inside during the bad sounds, please have a family member stay outside with them until the noise subsides.
Leave your pets at home!
"They're certainly going to have increased anxiety, so they don't enjoy the fireworks the way we do", said Dr. Brock Hendrix, a veterinarian at Garners Ferry Animal Hospital. Your veterinarian will carefully calculate correct dosages based on your pet's species and weight. Partially opening vehicle windows doesn't provide enough cool air, but it could allow your pet to be stolen.
"There is no Medicare or Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme for pets so anyone thinking about getting a pet needs to take veterinary costs into consideration", he said.
A sudden change in your pet's diet can cause stomach upset, so avoid feeding your pet scraps from the grill and other human food.