Tips to Help Pets on the Fourth of July
Our white Golden Retriever, McKinley, doesn't understand the loud sizzles and booms of the Fourth of July holiday. Therefore, we do our best to minimize and mask the noise. And, we let him on the bed for cuddles, in the event he needs comfort.
His veterinarian's office, Orchard Hills Animal Hospital in Washougal, Washington, has some good advice for pet owners as we approach the big day. They shared this infographic on their Facebook page, and we thought it was worth sharing.
We also like the idea of taking dogs for a long walk early in the day, before the noise starts. Plenty of exercise, and the distraction of a new toy, or treat, might help distract them from the disruption going on outside.
Thundershirts are also an option for noise sensitive or anxious pets. They are gentle compression wraps that helps both cats and dogs feel more secure. The concept is similar to swaddling an infant.
We think everyone should enjoy the Fourth of July, but not at the expense of pets, other animails, and wildlife. Regardless, personal fireworks are still legal in our area, therefore we need to ensure the least traumatic plan of action for our pets.