We understand that our celebrations often include our four-legged family members. However, the boisterous festivities on July 4th can sometimes be overwhelming for our pets. In addition to the standard safety measures, we also acknowledge the rising interest in using cannabis or CBD products for pet anxiety.
To ensure a safe and stress-free Independence Day for your furry friends, we’ve compiled a list of top 10 tips for pet safety during the July 4th celebrations.
1. Create a Safe Haven Indoors
Firework displays might be a joy for us, but they can be quite distressing for our pets. Consider creating a safe, comfortable space indoors to help them feel secure. Close the windows and doors to reduce the noise and perhaps play some calming music or keep the TV on to create a familiar audio backdrop.
2. Familiarize Comfort Zones
If your pet usually retreats to a specific spot when they’re frightened or anxious, such as a particular room or their crate, make sure they can access these areas during the celebrations.
3. ID Your Pets
In the unfortunate event your pet becomes scared and runs off, having updated identification tags and microchip information can make the difference in reuniting with your furry friend.
4. Distract and Play
A new chew toy or their favorite plaything can keep your pets distracted from the noise outside.
5. Cannabis Tinctures for Reducing Anxiety
At Sespe Creek, we’ve observed a growing interest in pet-specific cannabis products, which might help reduce anxiety in pets. Before using any new products, we strongly recommend consulting with your vet. Also, ensure to start with a low dose and monitor your pet for any behavioral changes or adverse reactions. View our Pets & Cannabis education to learn more.
6. Guard Against Toxic Foods and Drinks
Many foods and drinks found at 4th of July parties can be harmful to pets. Items like alcohol, chocolate, certain fruits, onions, garlic, caffeine, certain artificial sweeteners, and some types of nuts can be toxic for your pets. Keep these out of their reach.
7. Say No to Fireworks
Fireworks and pets are a dangerous combination. Unused fireworks can contain harmful chemicals, which, if ingested, could be life-threatening. Keep your pets away from any firework activities to prevent accidents.
8. Monitor Stress Levels
Despite all precautions, this can be a high-stress time for pets. Keep a close eye on their behavior. If your pet seems overly stressed or fearful, it might be beneficial to introduce calming aids such as pheromone diffusers, anti-anxiety wraps, or soothing pet music. These non-pharmaceutical methods can help to soothe your pet’s nerves without resorting to medication.
9. Maintain a Regular Routine
Try to keep your pet’s feeding and exercise schedule consistent. Routine changes can add stress to your pet’s day.
10. Beware of Glow Jewelry
Although not generally life-threatening, if ingested, glow jewelry can cause gastrointestinal irritation, excessive drooling, or even intestinal blockage in pets.
Our friends with paws, claws, feathers, or fins rely on us for their safety and well-being. Let’s ensure we make this July 4th celebration enjoyable for them too. As always, every pet is unique, and it’s vital to consult with your veterinarian for advice tailored to your specific pet. Have a safe and happy Independence Day!