If you're thinking of taking your dog outside to watch the fireworks with you, think again!
A dog's hearing is ten times more sensitive than a human's and the loud, booming noises can be especially difficult for them. Add the crowds and flashing lights and you've got yourself a recipe for doggy trauma. More animals are lost in July than any other month of the year.
But whatever you do, do not leave your pooch in the car! A cracked window doesn't help. On a 78F day, temperatures in a parked car can reach 90F in the shade and 160F in the sun.
Here are some tips to keeping your furry friends safe today:
- Go for a long walk before celebrating - much longer than normal. This way Fido is so worn out that he won't be able to concentrate so much on the fireworks.
- Keep your cat in a safe place indoors like a bedroom or bathroom with the door closed. Cats like small, enclosed spaces and will feel much safer in your bathroom cupboard or under the bed.
- Distract your dog. Obedience behaviors will help her focus on something other than the noise.
- Make sure your pets have ID. That way if they manage to get away from you in all of the chaos, they can find their way home safely.
- Put on loud music or an action movie. This will help hide the noise from the fireworks. ]
- Build a blanket fort. Staying in will do wonders for your pet. They feel safer when you're there and you can snuggle up to keep them calm.