The Fourth of July can be just as terrifying as a major thunderstorm for a dog. Thankfully, taking care of a dog during Independence Day is very similar to taking care of a dog during a storm. Though not identical in nature, there is a lot of crossover in being able to take care of your pooch during a loud and bright night.
1. Keep your dog at home
It may be tempting to bring your furry friend to the neighborhood July 4th party, but with all the noise and lights, your dog may be much happier and safer staying at home.
2. Set aside a safe place
Setting aside a safe and comfortable place for a dog during a scary time can be a huge help. It gives the dog a sense of safety, hence the name, “safe space.” You can set up the space in a small area like a bathroom with a dog bed and/or blanket, some of their favorite toys, and a bowl of water.
3. Distract them
Distracting your dog will help offset their mind from the activity outside. This could be done by turning on the TV, or even cuddling and playing with your dog (if they are in the mood, of course). This will make your dog feel that they are not alone and are loved, which is the most important thing to do when they feel scared.
4. Get a microchip for your dog
In the unfortunate event where your dog runs away, having a microchip will be a huge help with identifying your dog. Your veterinarian is able to insert the microchip between your dog’s shoulder blades with a syringe. Your dog won’t feel a thing, and it’ll help them in the long run in case they get lost or run away.
According to the American Kennel Club, getting a microchip vastly improves the chances of you and your dog getting reunited in the case that something goes wrong.
However, simply getting the microchip isn’t always enough. Once you get the microchip, you’ll have to register it with one of several national microchip databases that keep track of animal microchips. A fine example is the American Animal Hospital Association.
Alongside a microchip, you can get a collar-mounted GPS tracker, which will tell you the exact location of your dog if they run away. Reviews.com has a good list of possible options for canine GPS.
With these tips, the Fourth of July can be more enjoyable for both you and your canine friends.