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Tips To Help Your Dog On The 4th Of July


The 4th of July is coming fast and with its fireworks. Dr. Lisa Labrecque has a few tips for helping you and your pets have a safe and happy celebration. While you may enjoy the noise and visuals of the fireworks, they are a SCARY, even TERRIFYING time for your dog.

Here are some tips for helping your dog during the fireworks celebration.

Watch the Activities Around Your Home

If you keep your dog outside be sure to keep an eye out for merry-makers who might try to scare him. Sometimes people will throw firecrackers near a fence or house in order to get a reaction from our pets. Not a nice thing, but we all know it happens!

Is your dog an “outside dog”?

Consider bringing him indoors for the celebration period. Your dog will likely feel much better indoors, but he will still be scared. Don’t leave him alone inside as he may panic and could some real damage to your home. Being inside with you may help calm your dog. Being inside with you will also reduce the risk of him panicking, jumping the fence and running the streets.

Turn On The TV Or Radio

This will not only help to muffle the bangs and booms from the fireworks, it may also serve to calm the dog. You know the old saying about music soothing the savage beast. Well, the 4th of July might be a good time to try that old idea.

If Your Dog Hides, Let Him

If your dog gets scared and goes to hide somewhere, that’s okay. Let him be in the safe place he finds to hide in. If your dog is crate trained, make sure his crate is open and his blankets and toys are in it. A crate trained dog finds comfort in his “den”.

Keep The Windows, Doors, And Curtains Closed

Keeping the doors, windows and curtains closed will help to muffle the noise of the fireworks. It will also keep your dog from seeing the flashing lights from the fireworks.

Stay Calm

Perhaps the most important part is for you to stay calm. You know that your dog reacts to your emotions, so by remaining cool and calm you are helping your dog to do the same.

You know your dog best. If the 4th of July has been a terrifying experience in the past, call us here at San Diego Pet Hospital of Lemon Grove. Our staff of professional Veterinary Technicians are here to help you with all your Pet Care needs. We may prescribe a mild tranquilizer, in some cases. Plan ahead and call early, we will do all we can to help make it a Happy 4th of July for both you and your pets!

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