4th of July is Approaching – Here’s How to Reduce Your Pet’s Anxiety

Independence Day is on its way! 4th of July is when the highest number of dogs run away. The loud noises and flashing lights from fireworks make animals anxious. You may see behavior changes in your pets such as shivering, barking, howling, or becoming frantic. Here are our tips to reducing anxiety in your pets, specifically dogs, during the holiday:

· The  most important prevention step is to ensure your pet has proper identification and a GPS locator in case they bolt during fireworks. It’s also important to make sure that your pet’s microchip information is up to date.

· Keep your pet indoors! A comfortable bed, blanket, favorite toys, and treats can create a safe space for your pet. A white noise machine can help drown out the booms from fireworks.

· You can purchase a pressure wrap or vest that helps dogs with sensory overstimulation from loud noises like fireworks or thunder.

· If your pet is extremely anxious, speak to your vet about alternative treatments such as CBD and other calming treats.

Perhaps the best way to help keep our pets happy during 4th of July- is to help calm them. Checking on your animal and spending time cuddling and petting them during the booming fireworks will work wonders for their anxiety.

If you lose or find any animals, be sure to check in with your neighbors and contact Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS). Have a safe and happy 4th of July!