Mommy Katie: Keep Your Pets Safe During Fireworks

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Keep Your Pets Safe During Fireworks

This post is sponsored and written by me on behalf of Petcurean through a campaign managed by their PR. All opinions are my own.

When it comes to celebrating various holidays around the world, many of us enjoy lighting up the night skies with firework displays. We find them to not only be fun to set off and watch, but also to be mesmerizing. The thing is, when it comes to our pets and fireworks, the two do not always go well together. I know this because with our Chloe, she is one who does not want anything to do with loud bangs, and when she hears fireworks she gets very scared and looks to either stay by our sides or a place to hide. So when I come across tips that can help our pets out, especially when it comes to the anxiety that our Chloe gets with fireworks, I like to not only follow them but also share them with my readers as well.

As many of you know, Chloe has been on a journey towards better health, even in her old age. We began the journey in changing up her diet last November when we changed her dog food to Petcurean. With the change we have noticed that Chloe is a different dog than she was this time last year, and with that we not only seek out tips when it comes to her health, but also when it comes to keeping her happy and safe. I like that for many of those questions I might have as well as tips when it comes to the health and safety of our pets, I can head to the Petcurean site where I can read the tips and advice from professionals when it comes to the health and safety of our pets. I also like that with the issues we have had in the past when it comes to the fireworks each year with Chloe, I was able to find the tips to help her out by checking out the article by Dr. Jennifer Adolphe, PhD on keeping pets safe during fireworks. You can read this article below:

Fourth of July / Canada Day: Keeping your pets safe during fireworks

Fourth of July and Canada Day celebrations are almost upon us, and for most cities and towns, this means loud and celebratory fireworks displays. It’s great fun for humans, but fear and anxiety inducing for dogs – and cats too. Dr. Jennifer Adolphe, PhD pet nutritionist for premium quality, nutrient-rich pet food Petcurean, knows all too well the risk. Many years ago, she had one of her three dogs with her at a lake, when fireworks went off right beside them. Her pup bolted straight for home, and in the most direct path possible, across roads and yards. She felt lucky that her beloved pup was fine and anxiously waiting for her at home, but she has since taken precautions for her three dogs, and would like to share tips with your readers to keep their dogs safe and stress-free:

·        Control the noise: Try to block out the fireworks noise with other noises they are familiar and comfortable with – like the TV or some music. You can do this whether you are at home, or out – just leave on for them
·        Desensitize them to fireworks: You can mimic the experience by playing fireworks CDs or YouTube videos in advance, and treat them as they are playing. This will help lessen their anxiety, and reaction, for the actual fireworks
·        Create a safe space: Many dogs feel secure in their crate, and you can make it even more cozy by putting a blanket over it and providing a few of their favorite toys
·        Let them out in advance of the festivities: Plan your dog’s bathroom break prior to the fireworks, so they will be indoors / contained when they start- and if you have an outdoor cat, bring them inside
·        IDs are a must: The best place for your dog during fireworks is at home, it is safer for everyone. But if you have them out, make sure they are contained and/or leashed, and are microchipped and have ID tags

Have a safe and happy fourth with your furry family!

So as you prepare for those fireworks this year, be sure to keep your pets safe and keep these tips in mind.


Rose-Marie said...

These are good suggestions. Pets don't understand! This info would be good for thunderstorms, too. I have friends with pets who are petrified of thunder.

Julie Wood said...

My dog does not like the Fireworks and we keep him in the house and in the back of the house with a TV on so he can not hear it. A lot of dogs get lost because they get spooked when they hear the loud banging of fireworks.

Fiddlin' Dandi said...

I am always amazed every year how careless people can be with their fireworks.

momo said...

(Keep Your Pets Safe During Fireworks) Years ago when are old german shepherd Sarge was still alive, we would have to put him down in the basement during the 4th of July fireworks because he hated the loud booms. He would bark like crazy-