Dig this… I’m a canine anxiety educator for Calmz Pet Anxiety Relief System so a portion of this post is sponsored, but opinions are my own and 110% “pawthentic”!
July 4th can be “ruff” for even the most patriotic of pets. For many, the combination of fireworks and hot weather can result in everything from mild discomfort to a serious health hazard.
For noise-sensitive pets, fireworks can result in anxiety and panic severe enough for them to try to run away from the bangs and booms, as well as your home. In fact, across the U.S., July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelter lost and found departments.
Check out these tips to help your pet cope with the noisiest day of the year:
- Exercise them early in the day to make sure they’re good and tired when the fireworks start.
- If you’re going out for the evening, leave your pet inside your home, never in the yard.
- Create a “safe room” in the quietest part of the house, with soothing music, dim lights and comfy bedding.
- Make sure your pet’s ID is up to date with your most current information, just in case he does escape.
Beat the Heat
The 4th of July just happens to land at the hottest time of year for much of the country. Because pets can’t cool themselves as efficiently as we can, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can come on quickly.
Take these steps to avoid a potentially life-threatening situation:
- Never, ever leave your pet unattended in a car, even with the windows rolled down. Temps can climb dangerously high in only minutes.
- Provide plenty of shade and fresh, cool water when outdoors.
- Exercise them during the coolest part of the day.
- Keep pets’ coats well-groomed to avoid mats and tangles, which can trap heat.
Wagworthy Products for a Pet-Safe July 4th
In addition to the tips and tricks above, I recently showcased some great gear for the patriotic pooch FOX & Friends. These products are designed to help your dog stay calm, comfortable, and safe during the 4th of July holiday and beyond.
Believe it or not, about half of our pet dogs have noise phobia, and over 20% so severe that families seek professional help. Yikes! Thank goodness for the Calmz Pet Anxiety Relief System. Using neurosync technology, the system combines music, tones, and vibration to relieve anxiety.
In clinical tests, it works for about 70% of dogs. I’ve been using it on my own dog Chilly for the last several months, and I’ve seen the amazing results firsthand! Best of all, it’s all-natural, drug-free, and non-invasive.
The system is available from the Calmz website for $129.
Planning to be out and about with your best four-legged friend on the 4th of July? Then plenty of cool, fresh water is a must to beat the summer heat. For dogs on the go, Dogsport Water Bottle Cap is the perfect H2O solution!
The patent pending dimpled water ball trap technology allows for controlled water flow for both large and small dogs. It fits all standard sized water bottles so all you have to do is twist off your cap and twist on Dogsport.
Available on the Dogsport website for $12.99 for a 2-pack.
Even if your pet is relaxing inside in the A/C, it’s important to encourage them to drink more during the summer months. That’s why I like the Raindrop Drinking Fountain from Pioneer Pet Products, which continually pumps water through a replaceable charcoal filter. Circulating water is fresher and more naturally appealing to your pet than a still bowl of water.
The fountain is easy to clean, dishwasher safe and comes in two sizes. Starting at $69.99 on the Pioneer Pet website.
Help your dog dive into fun! Outward Hound’s Splash Bombz water toys – available in balls, rings, and bones – keep your pet cool, happy, and hydrated. Plus, they float and are easy to spot in any body of water. No pool? No worries. Treat your water-loving pooch to the Doggy Drencher—a sprinkler made just for dogs!
If headed out on the water, keep pets safe with an Outward Hound life jacket, featuring bright colors, reflectors, and easy grab handles for safe summer adventures.
All gear is available from the Outward Hound website.
How do you help your pet cope with the 4th of July? Share your favorite tips in the comments below!
I’m a canine anxiety educator for Calmz Pet Anxiety Relief System. However, all opinions and anecdotes are my own, and I never promote any products or brands I don’t believe in. ~Petfully yours, Kristen