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Top Tips for Helping Your Pet Through Independence Day

The 4th of July is right around the corner. It’s a day filled with fun, food, and fireworks for the whole family. One member of your family may not be as prepared for the 4th. If you’re looking to include your precious pup in your Independence Day activities, then you need these top tips.

Keep them cool

The 4th of July is in the middle of the summer. No matter where you are in the country, the chance for high heat during this holiday is great. So, it’s important to prepare your pet for the heat should you be looking to have them outside for long periods of time. 

Make sure they have access to fresh, cool water. That may be a bowl of water inside or outside the house that you can refill. If you are outside the home, look for water fountains that have a lower spicket that your dog can use. Alternately, bring a collapsible bowl or water bottle for dogs. This is an easy way to keep your dog hydrated.

Another option is to get a cooling mat for your dog to lay on. These mats absorb your pet’s heat and cool them down. You can easily fold it up and take it with you, keeping your dog cool on the go.  

Monitor what they eat

This is extremely important if you’re going to have your dog at a cookout or festival. Though there are many foods your dog can eat, there are equally as many, if not more, that they can’t keep an eye on your dog to ensure that they don’t pick up a lone hot dog or hamburger topping that may have fallen to the floor. 

Be sure to discuss with anyone around your dog that they should avoid handing the dog food. This is especially true when it comes to children. Provide children with dog friendly treats that they can give to your dog. This will fulfill their need to give a dog treats, but keep your pet safe. 

ID your pet

You should always have an ID on your pet, but especially during a holiday like 4th of July. Unsurprisingly, July 5th is one of the busiest times for shelters. The reason being that fireworks can spook your pet and lead to them running off, ending up at a shelter the next day. If they are not properly ID’d through their collar or a chip, they can be incredibly hard to find. Should the worst happen, make sure you can find your dog. 

Have a plan for the fireworks

Some dogs have severe reactions to fireworks so it’s best to prepare. The main goal would be to help your dog avoid fireworks entirely. Staying home or going to a doggie day care can be a safe space for your pet. If avoidance isn’t an option, try the below tips:

  • Make sure that you have calm energy throughout the night. Dogs take their cues from the energy of their pack leader, so if you’re calm, chances are they will be too.

  • Take your dog for a walk or have extensive play time before the fireworks. A tired dog is a calm dog, so give your pup a workout. 

  • Try a thundershirt. Similar to how a weighted blanket calms down humans, a thundershirt can release your dog’s anxiety by applying gentle pressure, sort of like a hug. 

  • Pick up some special calming treats at the store. They’re an effective, yet mild way to soothe your pet. 

However you plan to celebrate, make sure you keep the well-being and safety of your furry friend in mind!

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