We all love the pomp and circumstance of our nation's holiday but our furry friends may not be as excited about the prospect of those bombs bursting in air.
Here are a few of my tips to keep your furkids happy and safe.
If you have a pup, take him/her out for a walk earlier in the day and for a bit longer than normal. If you have a cat, schedule a nice play session with them. This way your they are nice and tired before any festivities begin.
Stick to the normal feeding schedule as best as you can. Our furkids get use to our routines.
Keep your dogs inside during fireworks. If it’s hot, air conditioning will help so treat your pup to some cooler temps.
Bringing your dogs to a fireworks display is never a good idea. Leave that pup at home! Dogs have super sensitive hearing and the noise will bother them much more than you may think.
Provide a safe place inside for your dogs to hang out that is quiet and familiar. My dog loves to go upstairs and sleep on my bed so if there is a favorite spot for your furkid make sure the area is available.
If possible, keep your windows and curtains closed. This will keep the sights and sounds at bay.
Make sure all your furkids are wearing ID tags with a properly fitting collar just in case. If you have a tracker with GPS those are great if your furkids makes a great escape.
Leave your cat or dog something fun to do – like a special treat or new toy.
Leave a TV or radio on in the area they're most likely to stay, to help drown out noises they are not accustomed to.
Rub a small amount of lavender essential oils (make sure it is diluted & not full strength) on top of head and not anywhere near eyes or face. I put some on the back of Castle's head around his ears.
For other oils that are safe for use on dogs, here is a great resource: http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/essential-oils-for-dogs/
I hope this information is useful to you and your furkids.
Happy 4th of July!
Karen, Run with K....and her dog Castle