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10 Tips on Prepping Your Pets For The Fireworks

It’s the 4th of July and soon we will see the rockets red glare. However, we need to remember the pets that they scare. I would like to share 10 quick tips on how to prepare your pets for this fun for us, but usually traumatic experience for them.

Tip #1 Show them Some Love

One of the most important things you can do for your pet is to just be there with them. This will help keep them calm and give them reassurance that everything will be okay.

Tip #2 Desensitize your Pet

Take a bit of time before the fireworks and play some sounds on the tv or stereo that aren’t quite as intense, but will get them used to hearing unusual sounds.

Tip #3 Sedation

For some pets, it is best to sedate them. However, please keep in mind that if you are sedating them, you need to do this before the action begins. If not, it will just end up causing more anxiety.

Tip #4 Food and Water

Make sure your pet has food to eat and is able to stay hydrated. Some pets, especially dogs, tend to lose fluids when they pant due to anxiety. Having water will help them to re-hydrate and keep them comfortable.

Tip #5 Prepare Yourself

Make sure you are ready to accommodate your pet when the sky is lit up and there are booms happening off in the distance. Have a plan ready, so you don’t go into a state of panic if your pets react horribly to everything. Remember, if your anxiety elevates, theirs will too.

Tip #6 Use Dampeners

It’s good to make sure you have curtains closed and try to have your pet in a room, with someone, where the sound will be dampened the most. If they can’t see it, or hear it as much, it isn’t going to bother them as much.

Tip #7 Keep the Climate Comfortable

You don’t want your pet to be too hot or too cold during the fireworks, so make sure to adjust the thermostat ahead of time so that they’re comfortable when the fireworks are ready to start.

Tip #8 Remove Safety Hazards

When the fireworks start to go off, it’s not too uncommon for pets to begin jumping around. Please make sure there’s nothing laying around that they can hurt themselves, or even someone else, with.

Tip #9 Use Soothing Smells and Sounds

Lighting nice smelling candles and playing calming sounds, especially before the fireworks, can have a calming effect on your pets.

Tip #10 Use Treats and Toys

Having treats ready can help your pet associate the fireworks with being a positive experience. Also, consider having a favorite toy with them to add an extra level of comfort.

Bonus Tip:

When the fireworks are over, make sure you do a sweep of your yard to ensure there is no leftover debris, to include fireworks that may have not exploded, and trash leftover from parties. These things can be extremely hazardous to our pets.

Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

How will you prepare your pet for the 4th of July fireworks display?

About Joel Bauer

Joel Bauer
Joel M. Bauer is a 43-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Four Oaks, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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