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.
Chews and enrichment items are a great way to entertain and give enrichment to a teething puppy. We have a whole pet deli section in our lobby full of great options for your pup. Be sure to check our weekly newsletter for coupons and deals. We feature our deli items often! You can also purchase enrichments like lick mats, puzzles and snuffles mats to entertain your pooch during their staycation at Vera’s Posh Paws.
The last and probably most important thing is to make sure your pup has proper identification and tags. A breakaway collar with an ID tag is a great place to start. We also encourage you to speak with your vet about having your dog microchipped.
Having a new puppy in your family is a very exciting time. They don’t stay little for long so try to enjoy every minute. Although rambunctious, puppies provide so much love and entertainment for you and your family. We think a house isn’t a home without a dog to love. If you are thinking about adding a new addition to your pack, watch our social media for future adoption events in your area and be sure to get them registered in our system and set up for their interview day with us. We can’t wait to meet your new fur-baby!
We WOOF puppies at Vera’s Posh Paws!