Pets and Fireworks ~ The Southern Scoop’s Pet Tip of the Month

We’re all pet lovers here at Southern, and this month we’re bringing you some holiday-crucial info with Pets and Fireworks ~ The Southern Scoop’s Pet Tip of the Month. Tips* actually, because there’re so many different methods to keeping our furry little friends relaxed during the loud bangs filling the sky as we celebrate America’s independence. Did you know that more dogs go missing on the fourth of July than any other day of the year? It totally makes sense too… we’re outside having a good time, enjoying libations, and of course our best friends prefer to come outside and enjoy time with their friends and families. So without further ado, let’s get right to the meat of this month’s blog topic!

 Share these great tips and tricks with your friends and family to ensure a safe July 4th this year!

~Take your dog for a long walk before evening, when the loud noises are going to be happening. This will allow them to use the potty before the noise begins and will help tire them out!

~ NEVER use fireworks around your dog. The noise can scare them into running away, and they can accidentally get burned by chewing on whatever happens to fall on the ground.

~Make sure if your dog is outside on that night, that they have a collar on with proper identification tags.

~Ensure your dog is microchipped, in the event they do get away from you so they can be safely returned!

~Loud, crowded firework displays and events are not the best place for Fido during the holiday. While it may be tempting to bring them along with you, try to imagine how overstimulated they will be, and what could happen in a worst case scenario.

~If you are leaving your pet unattended at home, ensure there is a radio or television on to drown out the noise of any fireworks. Close all windows and ensure anything of value is out of reach!

~Make sure your pet has plenty of toys to play with to keep them occupied! A toy stuffed with treats is a great starting point!

~Consult with a veterinarian if your dog has a propensity for anxiety. Your vet may prescribe your pet a mild sedative for canine anxiety.

~Lastly, consider staying at home with your pet if you know they have a tendency to react negatively to stressful situations and you don’t have any other options.

Have a save and happy Fourth of July!

We hope you enjoyed reading Pets and Fireworks ~ The Southern Scoop’s Pet Tip of the Month as much as we enjoyed writing it. Since we’ve got you covered from Panama City, Florida to Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan Alabama, ensure you browse on over to our events page to find out about what’s happening in your vacation area! Thank you for being a part of the Southern family, we’ll see you next month with a fresh new tip!