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How to soothe your pets during celebrations

Whether it's the Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve, or another celebration, many dog owners deal with howling, barking, and generally anxious dogs during fireworks. It’s even largely believed that Independence Day is the day when the highest number of dogs run away.

If you are unsure of how your dog or cat might react, pets that don’t cope well during thunderstorms are likely to get scared of fireworks. There are ways to help calm your pets during this time.

1. Keep Your Dog Away From Fireworks Bringing your pets to go view the fireworks with you might not be the best idea. Keep them home safe and locked up.

2. Make Sure Your Pet Has Proper ID Have your pet collar up to date and there are plenty of GPS tags like apple tag to track your pet quickly. Being microchipped is a good idea too.

3. Create a Safe Haven For Your Pet Try setting up an area in a quiet space away from windows (basement, closet, or bathroom with no windows) so that they can’t hear or see fireworks. Use a crate if that’s where your dog feels safe. 4. Play White Noise You can try leaving a fan, TV, or radio on to help mask the sounds of the fireworks.

5. Comfort Your Pet If you can, try staying home with your dog or cat or leave them in the hands of a trusted person. 6. Walk Them Before the Fireworks Start Head out for your long walk before the sun sets to increase the chances that you’ll avoid the sounds. When you do go out, you’ll want to ensure your dog is secure on a leash before your walk.

7. Talk to Your Vet If your pet’s anxiety is severe, consider booking an appointment with your vet well in advance of July 4 so you can discuss a medication that could help soothe your pets anxiety. Using CBD is a great natural option to help relieve anxiety. Many vets are now recommending it.

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