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How to help your pets through the dreaded Fourth of July

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There are many dangers facing our pets these days- including really ridiculously hot temperatures, which seem to be ever increasing each year...

But it really can't be argued that the Fourth of July is one of the worst days of the year- and the most dangerous- because of fireworks.

While we as humans are trying to have fun and celebrate our patriotic holiday, animals are cringing in fear- and many even go missing.

The chaos and noise often scare pets and cause them to run away from their homes, or they are cowering and shaking under the beds inside- but either way, it's never a good day for them.

There are a few things you can do to ensure that your pet has the most help during this difficult time of year- but the key is thinking ahead and being prepared.

The first success strategy is to have some calming aids on hand. These can be a variety of things including treats, toys and even clothing.

CBD can be a great tool to use during the 4th or any other events you know normally stress your pets out including vet visits, car rides and more.

We prefer Zoorenity brand as the most effective we have tried and most people who give it to their pets notice significant results. This potent formula contains no THC and is not only organic, minimally processed as well as small family farmed in the US.

This brand is also the most cost effective for the potentcy of the formula. Many other brands sell a much watered down potency for much more- so be sure to note how many mg/ ml of active CBD is in the bottle to determine the true cost. Also beware those that just say hemp oil but sell for the CBD prices...or just buy Zoorenity to avoid getting ripped off!

For dogs, toys like Kongs suffed with Peanut Butter or frozen with broth can be a good distractor for them. If you can crate your dog, that is probably the best place to keep them safe and help them feel more comfortable in their own den- especially if they have something yummy to nom on!

Another good tool for both dogs and cats is the Thundershirt. This acts like a compression sleeve, and makes your pet feel "held" and comforted all around- much like a weighted blanket can do for people. They can be a bit difficult to understand how to put on with the two flaps they have, but they can really work great.

You may want to use a combination of these items to enhance the overall calming effect. though some animals still may require pharmaceutical intervention.

Medications like trazadone, acepromazine or other sedatives may be required for some animals that are extremely fractious- all of which must be prescribed and obtained through your vet.

The other very important success strategy is keeping your pets indoors for a week or so preceding the 4th and even a few days after.

Every year numerous people lose their precious furry friends because of the fireworks which scare animals into running away.

The day after the 4th, shelters are often inundated with animals that people have found- but some are not so lucky to be reunited with their families and it's just best not to take the chance.

It is important as well to keep an eye on the doors during this time, as even if kept inside, your pets can be frightened enough to run out if given the chance.

If you're having a party for example, it is best to put your pets in a room that is labeled as "Do not enter, pets inside" so that people know not to let them out. This will indeed limit the chance that someone could accidentally lose your pet while simply trying to use the bathroom.

If you can crate your dog, I have personally found this to be one of the best ways to combat thunder and fireworks. In short, my dogs tend to feel super safe and happy in their crates and during those stressful times, it's like those walls create a magical barrier between them and the outside world.

This will be something that requires practice and adjustment so should not be started during a stressful time. Instead you can help your dog adjust to the crate and learn to like it by offering them time in it when you're home, feeding them in their crates and offering a special treat when they go in.

Crate training can really help dogs cope with a variety of issues in their lives and should not be considered imprisoning or caging your pets, but rather allowing them their own bedroom where they can be at ease and let their hair down.

We hope these tips and tricks help you have a safe and happy 4th with your family, friends and pets.


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