In modern-day America, the Fourth of July is a wonderful time to enjoy a long weekend chock-full of burgers and hot dogs on the grill, sunshine, music, fireworks, bonfires, friends, and family. Of course, these are all fantastic and also grant us much needed rest and relaxation from the mental stresses of daily, routine life. However, all this excitement often leaves pets neglected who suffer the most from this holiday. The noise and unpredictability of fireworks leads many dogs to perceive them as a threat. Your dog may bark at the noises or try to run away and hide. They may show other signs of anxiety, too, like restlessness, panting, pacing and whining. Here is our Zen Frenz gameplan to give your dog the most blissful experience for such a stressful day for them.
We love fireworks. The loud bang, pretty colors, and smoke are an essential part of the Fourth of July for most of us. However, most pets feel differently. The loud noise can be very scary to dogs. Many times, a dog will get scared and run away. July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters, because so many dogs get scared and run away.
Even if your dog isn't scared of fireworks, they can still be dangerous. Inquisitive dogs may try to catch or bite a lit firework. This can cause burns which can be severe. Dogs also like to put anything they find in their mouth. Fireworks contain chemicals like arsenic and heavy metals which are highly toxic to your dog if ingested.
The best way to keep your dog safe during a fireworks display is to keep them inside. Put them in a quiet room, so they can have peace and quiet while you enjoy the show. If a quiet place can’t be found, then we HIGHLY recommend using some cbd to calm them down during this crazy night. If you’re on the go we recommend Zen Bites that are simple dog treats that can be used anywhere. If planning ahead, we recommend the Zen Drops that can be simply applied to your pets food or orally. The drops are stronger and will help protect from any loud fireworks close or far.
- Citronella and Insect Repellants
Citronella and insect repellents can help keep the bugs away from your barbecue, but they are harmful to your dog. Deet is the active ingredient in most bug sprays. It can cause vomiting, seizures, and skin irritation for dogs. When a dog inhales Citronella, it can cause respiratory issues like pneumonia. If they ingest it, it can harm their nervous system.
If you use bug spray, be sure that your dog doesn't lick you where you've applied it. You'll also need to keep any citronella products well away from your furry friend.
- Other Hidden Dangers
Glow jewelry, matches, and lighter fluid are also harmful to your pet if they are ingested. Glow jewelry can cause gastrointestinal problems if they ingest the contents. Lighter fluid can also cause gastrointestinal issues, and breathing it can cause respiratory problems. Matches can make it difficult for your dog to breathe, and cause kidney disease and damage to blood cells.
You and your dog can have a safe Fourth of July. Just keep any harmful substances away from your dog, and be sure to put them indoors before the fireworks start. And most important of all, watch out for those fireworks!
SitStay. “Preparing For The Fourth Of July.” SitStay, sitstay.com/blogs/good-dog-blog/fourth-of-july-preparations.