The Fourth of July is always a great day to celebrate our nation with friends, family and furry ones alike.
Like many of us, you might be catching a fireworks show somewhere onbthe Gulf Coast (we have several to pick from!) OR you may be planning to light up the sky yourself.
Fireworks are a tradition for this summer holiday, BUT for some pets, fireworks are not a reason to party, but a reason to panic.
Around the Fourth of July, the ASPCA sees an increase in calls concerning pets who are having issues due to the loud noises from fireworks. With a little planning, you can ensure that your four-legged friends enjoy the holiday just as much as you do.
If your pet has a fear of loud noises:
"Something as simple as turning on some soft music and moving your pet into an interior room with no windows can be helpful.
An anxiety vest may work in some cases—if you don’t have one, try a snugly fitting t-shirt.
If you and your veterinarian do decide that anti-anxiety mediation is your pet’s best bet, there are a few things to remember. First and foremost, give a practice dose of the medication before the big night to see how your pet responds to the medication. Second, never share the medication with another pet or give more than the recommended amount. If you do, you may end up spending the holiday at your local veterinary emergency clinic.
While noise phobias are not as common in cats, they can and do happen. Fortunately, cats tend to hide when frightened. Checking in on your cats, having some quiet music on and keeping them indoors during the height of the fireworks is always a good idea."
If you have any reason to suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately with our 24 hour hotline at (888) 426-4435.
Scroll down to see how to safeguard your pets this Summer!