Did you know that the fourth of July is the biggest day for pet stress? In fact, shelters report the largest amount of runaway pets on this day due to stress caused by fireworks, large crowds and unfamiliar environments. Loud noises from fireworks can be frightening to anyone, but especially to our pets that have a heightened sense of hearing. They may panic, feel anxious, bark uncontrollably, chew through leashes, dig under fences & run away, claw destructively, suffer seizures, or run into traffic trying to escape the scary sounds. Don’t let this happen to your pet.
In addition to having a ThunderShirt, to provide a gentle constant pressure to dramatically calm you pet, here are some more things to keep in mind:
1. Pet ID. Make sure your pet has up-to-date identification in case he/she runs away when scared by noisy fireworks. ID can help your pet be returned to you safely.
2. Avoid Fireworks. Don’t take your pet to events that involve fireworks. Your pet is better off being left home if you are going to partake in firework festivities.
3. Crate Your Dog. If you regularly crate your dog, he/she may find the crate a place of comfort during fireworks. Make sure his favorite toy is available for further distraction.
4. Don’t Leave Pets Outside. Keep pets inside as much as possible during fireworks displays. The insulation of your home will help drown out the noise and make your dog feel more secure.
5. Don’t Scold a Scared Pet. This will scare and confuse a dog and reinforce fearful behaviors.
For more information about ThunderShirt, visit their product page HERE. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July, everyone!