We're officially in one of the most festive times of the year. July 4th in the Texas panhandle is a big deal. Events go on for days. There are multiple fireworks displays across the region. It also happens to be one of the most stressful times of the year for our dogs. Here are some tips for keeping your dog sane while everyone is celebrating.

What To Do To Protect Your Dogs This Fourth Of July

If you have a dog, you know how much they hate fireworks. Every year social media gets flooded with posts of people looking for their dog after it got scared and ran off while fireworks were exploding overhead. Luckily, there are steps you can take to keep your pet calm and protect your dog during the festivities.

The City of Amarillo recently put out a list of steps you can take, and they include:

  • Keep your pet inside
  • Make sure your fence is secure
  • Turn on a TV, radio, white noise
  • Make sure your pet has a collar with a tag
  • Microchip your pet if you haven't
  • Close curtains and blinds

They also recommend using an anxiety vest for sensitive pets. These vests apply constant light pressure. Product descriptions claim it feels like a constant hug. I might need one for me.

Take Precautions This July 4th To Protect Your Dog

The best thing to do is take some precautions and think ahead before the holiday. The last thing your pet wants is to wind up plastered all over Facebook because they got scared and ran off looking for a place that is free of the big booms and bangs that are haunting them. Check your fence, and make sure their space is as peaceful as possible.

Make sure they have a tag with your current info on it, and if your pet has a microchip make sure the info is up to date.

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