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Fireworks and our Furry Friends

I read somewhere that more dogs run away on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year!

The sound of fireworks drives dogs crazy and, for many, it triggers their innate flight instinct. Protect your precious pets from the trauma of scary noises and the potential to become a run-away.

Do not take your pets to firework displays. Rather, run in the other direction. If you have a parent, friend, pet-sitter who lives away from July 4th celebrations, that home would be a perfect spot to park Spot until the festivities are over.

• Wherever your dog is on the 4th., keep your pet inside. A door accidentally left open could lead to your dog or cat escaping the house and this is not a night you want your pet to be on the loose.

• Best scenario is to stay home with your dog. If you can’t do that, prepare a small room with bed and food in a room away from windows. Play the TV or some music to help drown out the sound of fireworks. It is possible that, left alone with all the noise, your dog might engage in destructive behavior due to anxiety and fear.

Desensitize your dog. Several days before the 4th (not too late for this year), expose your dog to loud sounds…start with softly banging two pots together, increasing the volume. Reward your pet with a treat, chew toy, bone, or massage. You can even download fireworks sounds on iTune if you want to work on the real thing.

• If you have a particularly anxious dog, or you adopted a rescue animal who has been on the streets, you may want to talk to your vet about anti-anxiety meds for just this one night.

A little thoughtful planning can make Independence Day a good day for your whole family!

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