m. here! Cordelia asked me to share what I know about keeping your pooches safe on the fourth.
Anyone who owns a pet knows that the fourth of July is not a happy day for everyone, but wouldn’t we like it to be? With explosions going on all around them, many dogs will hide and cower in fear. In the past, I have used this to help Cordelia relax. It helps take the edge off and is a safe, over-the-counter pill you can grab at a natural pet food store. Other than drugs, there are many things you can do to help your dog relax. The idea is to reduce the stimulus and camouflage the noise from outside. Dogs like caves; they instinctually feel safe in a cozy space. This can be a crate with a blanket over it, or a table (with a blanket over it), you get the picture. Keep it dark and cool and have water available nearby. Next, provide some soothing background noise/white noise, to distract from the loud blasts of the fireworks. You could turn on the TV, a cd or a noise machine, or, all of them.
The fourth isn’t an indoor holiday though, is it? The day is often spent outside, enjoying the sun, friends, family and food! Dogs are pack animals and they often thrive on these sorts of gatherings. There are a few things to consider when your dog is going to be outside all day or even for several hours. First, make sure they have sun protection, especially breeds with shorter and lighter coats. You can do this by covering them with a lightweight cotton t-shirt and using sunscreen to cover other areas. You can use sunscreen all over the body, but a t-shirt is better. Sunscreen can be licked off, and isn’t the best thing for a dog to be ingesting. Next, be sure the dog has a spot to lounge in the shade, with a fresh source of water (even if the fresh source is you occasionally refreshing a bowl of water). Lastly, wherever you are, check to be sure your dog doesn’t get into anything they shouldn’t. Dogs are scavengers and are good at finding junk to eat. In our modern world there are many things that might appear good to a dog, that are, in fact, the opposite. Apart from junk laying about, also check for plants that might be harmful to your dog.
Keeping your dog healthy and happy on the Fourth doesn’t have to be a complicated thing, but it will give you and your dog peace of mind. Everyone can have a good time on the fourth!
Happy Independence Day Everyone!