A small dog looks up a little nervously.

Preparing for the 4th of July

Summer is in full swing and the 4th of July activities are just around the corner. While the 4th is a fun time for us it is a high anxiety time for many pets. The busiest day of the year for shelters taking in run away dogs is July 5th every year. Since the 4th of July is on a Tuesday this year there will likely be multiple weekends full of 4th of July activities including fireworks.

It’s normal for your dog to feel scared – they have keen senses and experience fireworks more intensely than we do. For your dog, fireworks aren’t the same experience as a thunderstorm, which comes with a lot of warning signs, like changes in temperature or pressure and increasing winds. Fireworks, on the other hand, are sudden, occur out of nowhere, and are far more intimidating as a result.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind during firework season:

  1. Keep your dogs in a secured, safe, indoor environment.
    If your pet is planning to stay with us at Vera’s Posh Paws during the holiday weekend, we want you to rest assured that our facility is a safe, secure environment and even tho we are inside city limits, if there are active fireworks in the area the yard doors will be closed and dogs will be placed in their private rooms to relax. We also have a speaker system we play calming music over to help them feel more at ease and drown out the noises.
  2. Make sure your dog’s microchips and ID tags are up to date.
    Make sure the contact information is current and you also have an emergency contact.
  3. Stock up on stress relievers before the 4th of July.
    There are many things available to ease stress and you have to find out what works for you and your dog. Some common items are calming jackets or CBD chews.

    To prepare your pet for 4th of July, CBD may need to build up in their system a few days in advance. Be sure to discuss with your vet what will work best to keep your dog calm and relaxed.

    If you decide to try CBD, we have R&R CBD dog chews available to purchase in our lobby deli section.
  4. Help your pet be too busy/tired/happy to care!
    A tired dog is a happy dog so make sure your pup gets plenty of exercise early in the day/week. Bringing your pup in for daycare the days leading up to the 4th is a great way to make sure he/she is calm and relaxed for the weekend activities. If you plan on boarding with us for the holiday a 50% deposit is required to reserve your spot so be sure to get your reservations scheduled now!

Happy 4th of July from Vera’s Posh Paws, we hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday.

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