Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
The 4th of July is a time honored American tradition steeped in rich history. It’s the celebration of our independence and birth of our great nation. There are barbeques, parades, time spent with friends and family, and the pure joy associated with living in the greatest country in the world. Unfortunately for people with animals that have sensitivity to loud noises the night can be very stressful for their furry family from the fireworks that are used to cap off the evening.
The entire month of July can be hard on the animals and the ones charged with caring for them. A frantic cat or 90 pound laptop who doesn’t understand what is happening can quickly turn your celebration into a nightmare. Luckily there are steps that can be taken to help your pets cope with the fireworks and help them through the difficult times.
Here are 6 tips to help your animal during the fireworks:
#1 – Keep Some Lights On
Just like a child, the dark can add a level of discomfort to an animal trying to cope with the unknown noises. Having a light that is kept on will give them an additional level of security through the night.
#2 – Drown Out the Noise
Try to use familiar sounds that the animal is accustomed to hearing to help offset the loud bangs. Soft music from your stereo or tv are normal sounds that your dog or cat is used to hearing in their daily routine. Having that playing during the fireworks will aid in soothing their mood.
#3 – Make Sure They Get Plenty of Exercise
A dog who is already pent up with unused energy will have a harder time coping with the unexplained noises. Be sure to walk your dog that day or take them somewhere that they can run and play to ensure that when the night comes they are as relaxed as possible. If you are unable to do so because of work restrictions Pet Nanny offers dog walking as part of our services.
#4 – Plenty of Food and Water
You want to provide as much security as possible, so make sure that worrying about their basic needs of hunger and thirst are met. A dog or cat who is dehydrated or hungry will be more likely to react negatively to the fireworks that are going off outside.
#5 – Access to You
The most comforting thing to your pet will be having their guardian close by. Make sure that you are available when possible and be ready to love on and hold them as necessary. Talk to them in calm and relaxing tones to let them know that everything is fine and that they are going to be ok.
#6 – Melatonin for Sedation
Melatonin is the best relaxation natural supplement for dogs and it can be found at any health food store. In extreme cases where your animal is clearly not at ease giving them a dose prior to the fireworks if possible will help ease their mind.
The most important thing that you can do is being prepared ahead of time and knowing what your plan is for dealing with a stressed out animal. Make arrangements and know that you are going to need to be there to ease their discomfort. Your pets are your family, and it’s your responsibility to do everything possible to let them have the best Independence Day possible. Even when that means you have a 90 pound laptop for the night.
If you need assistance with caring for your animals Pet Nanny is ready and standing by to help. We have over 15 years of experience working in the area with a sterling reputation for the service we provide. We can help you set up a plan for your dog or cat to give you and them peace of mind. Call us today at 734-981-6108 or use our contact form to learn more. We look forward to speaking with you.