For years my parents would throw a huge 4th of July party in their backyard. There was always great food (thanks mom,) good music (thanks dad,) and lots of friends and family. But one of the things I remember the most is my cousin’s dog, Brody. A happy little beagle who is terrified of fireworks. It has been an ordeal every year to help him deal with this stressful time. This year I sought out a list from the experts at “Pets in the City” — a premiere dog walking and sitting company in Los Angeles.
Keeping Pets Happy on 4th of July
by Aaron Hill
As we prepare to celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, good food and spectacular fireworks, it’s important to take a moment to think about the safety of our four-legged family members.
While fireworks have become a staple of Independence Day, the American tradition can be terrifying for animals. Here are some helpful tips to ensure that everyone – including your pet – enjoys a safe and happy 4th of July.
1. Stay Calm: Before the fireworks and parties begin, owners should know what works best to calm their pet. If you notice your pet(s) getting anxious or stressed (panting, pacing etc.) sit and talk calmly to them while giving them a good scratch, massage or a special treat to help them relax.
2. Stay Inside: If you cannot stay at home with your animals during the 4th, make sure your pets are indoors. Do not leave them in the yard or on the deck. They should be secured inside with no way to escape such as open windows or patio doors.
3. Turn it on: Turn on a TV or radio to drown out the noise from the loud firework displays.
4. Close it up: Pull all the curtains closed so the pets can’t see the blasts of colorful lights outside the home, this will help them remain calm.
5. Keep Cool: If you are taking your dog(s) to participate in parades or other outdoor activities, make sure to keep them hydrated and in the shade as often as possible. Dogs can overheat very quickly on a hot day.
If you plan to be out of town over the 4th of July weekend, it would be money well-spent to hire a pet-sitter to watch over your furry friends to make sure they are comfortable, safe and stress-free.
Aaron Hill is a certified professional animal trainer and the owner of Pets in the City — a premiere dog walking / pet-sitter service in Los Angeles. He is certified in pet first-aid and CPR and is a member of Pet-Sitters International.