The height of summer celebration is upon us, and although people enjoy the festivities, it can be a stressful time for our four legged counterparts. Here are a few tips to help make the day a happy one for them.
1. Sunscreen and insect repellant that aren't labeled for use on animals can cause drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal upset. Products that contain DEET can even cause neurological problems. Stick to using pet safe repellants like Vectra, or Advantix. Bonus: these products last a month, not just 3-4 hours!
2. Don't allow pets to play with glow in the dark jewelry; it too can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and upset stomachs.
3. Loud fireworks displays crowded with lots of people are not fun for pets. The loud noises can stress out your pet, as can the over stimulation of large crowds. Leave your pets at home, indoors in a quiet, safe, and familiar place they can relax in. The sounds are dulled indoors, and pets are less likely to escape. More pets are recovered over this holiday weekend than other non-holiday weekends. Pets get scared and try to find a safe place to hide, whether it be at home, or off of your property.
4. If your pet is truly anxious about fireworks on and surrounding the 4th, consider asking your veterinarian about sedatives. While not necessary in every case, pets that have extreme fear surrounding thunderstorms may also have issues with the booms created by fireworks. The sedatives are just enough to calm the pet down and make them more relaxed, not totally knock them out.
5. For future situations, check out products like The Thundershirt. It can help with general anxiety, and nervousness surrounding storms.