For a lot of Americans, the July 4th Holiday means fun, family and fireworks. But for our beloved canine companions it can be a time of unrelenting fear, emotional terror and cowering under the bed covers. It’s important to remember that Independence Day celebrations, while exciting & enjoyable for humans, can be a very frightening, stressful situation for our pets.
While some dogs may never be bothered by the sights and sounds of fireworks displays, others may become extremely frightened by the barrage of peculiar noises, bright flashing lights and large crowds of unfamiliar people. Even small sparklers and firecrackers by family members or neighbors can be severely unsettling to dogs. Dogs that are normally calm and at ease can easily become anxious, fearful and panicky during these traditionally festive gatherings.
Certainly you don’t want to intentionally frighten your pet or put him in a situation where he might bolt or become overtly aggressive due to unrestrained panic & fear but many dogs can be spooked and overreact to sudden unexpected noises like the clap of thunder or the reverberating sound of exploding fireworks. Not all canine responses to startling noises are the same–some dogs express hyper-vigilance when they hear loud noises, while others tend to hide in fear. Outright panic and scurrying to escape is not an unusual reaction for our canine friends with audio or ‘noise-phobias’.
The Shameful Truth About Lost Pets
Whether your next door neighbor sets off a single firecracker or your community is enjoying a big fireworks display, the percussive noise associated with July 4th celebrations can cause your dog to become frantic and run away, trying to escape to a safe haven. Unfortunately, each year, between July 4th and July 6th, Animal Control Officials across the country report a 30% increase in lost and runaway pets.
In fact, July 5th is one of the busiest days of the year for animal shelters taking in lost pets. Sadly, according to nationwide statistics, only 14% of pets lost during the July 4th Holiday are ever returned to their owners–And worse, 30-60% of lost pets are euthanized because they cannot be properly identified and returned to their original homes!
The reality of this sorrowful situation is that this needless loss of life of our beautiful companions is all-too-often avoidable with some simple preventive actions & early treatment steps.
The Time To Start is NOW!
With a little advance planning, you can prevent problems with your pet over the July 4th holiday. It will be much easier for you and your family to relax and enjoy the celebrations if you’re not worrying about your pet’s health and safety.
In addition to the customary steps you’d take to ensure your dog is comfortable during this July’s firework season, consider adding CBD to your dog’s daily routine now to help minimize the physical side effects from thunderous noise during the holidays.
Since Cannabidiol is from an organic, plant based phytonutrient with zero harmful side effects we can assume that supplementing your dog’s diet with CBD now is a safer, more effective pre-event prevention of sensory disturbances compared to traditional prescription medications like Diazepam. By starting to dose your dog with CBD in the days and weeks prior to the July 4th Holiday you can begin the intimate process to discovering your dog’s optimum Sweet Spot of therapeutic action. Knowing your dog’s effective dose takes time and diligence but it’s worth it to minimize their fear-reaction to the deafening sounds of fireworks.
In addition to preventing the onset of anxiety and ‘noise-phobia’ fear reactions in our best friends, CBD can also help support the physical symptoms associated with loud noises including shaking, vocalizing (barking or howling), excessive drooling, looking for a place to hide, or lethal escape attempts. CBD acts as a potent anti-oxidant which can protect your dog’s brain and Central Nervous System from further material damage due to frightful auditory insults.
5 Simple Tips For Keeping Your Pets Safe During Fireworks:
By following these simple tips, hopefully fewer families will face the heartbreak of losing a pet during 4th of July Holiday.
1. Insure your pet has a current ID TAG. Remember, every year on July 5th many dogs turn up miles from home — afraid, disoriented, exhausted and dehydrated. And animal shelters across the U.S. get an influx of ‘July 4th dogs’ who escaped during fireworks celebrations and are found by animal control agents and concerned citizens who drop them off at the nearest shelter.
2. Protect your pet before the fireworks begin. Among various pet-finder services available, the Pet Amber Alert technology with GPS helps lost dogs get returned home safely.
3. Don’t leave your pet alone outside on the 4th. If he becomes frightened and panicked, even a fenced yard may not keep your dog safe and he could injure herself trying to escape. If he gets out he could run away, be hit by a car, or stolen by a stranger. Try to keep your pet indoors at all times during holiday celebrations. Ideally, someone stays home with your pet. If you must go out, be sure to keep your dog leashed.
4. Create a little safe haven for your dog. Use bedding, a toy or two, and a few treats. Turn on a TV, radio or other music to help muffle the noise from outside. Make sure they can have access to their crate or usual safe-place inside. If necessary, use physical anxiety-wraps to appease their fear.
5. Keep your pet safe indoors. If you must bring your pet along to the celebration don’t leave him unattended in your car. It’s apt to be hot enough to bring on heatstroke even if you crack your windows, not to mention if your pet panics, he could hurt himself or cause damage to your vehicle.
Bonus Reminder: Start dosing your dog now with CBD–help calm your dog in the weeks prior to July 4th fireworks display.
Can CBD Help Your Dog’s Noise Phobia?
Cannabidiol (CBD), a Cannabis sativa constituent, is a pharmacologicaly broad-spectrum phytonutrient that in recent years has drawn increasing interest as a treatment for a wide range of human neuro-psychiatric disorders. Not surprising, CBD for dogs has also been getting a lot of attention lately because it may provide some of the same interesting therapeutic effects for pets suffering from behavioral issues like depression, separation anxiety and reactionary panic disorders like ‘noise phobias’.
Some dogs react to noise phobias by freezing and withdrawing, while others respond by crashing through windows or chewing through restraints or enclosures. While the former behavior may seem more timid and less extreme, the fact is both reactions indicate profound suffering and potential permanent damage to canine nerve cells. CBD treatment for dogs is a natural alternative to anti-anxiety drugs for dogs without dangerous, addictive side-effects and is perhaps the most promising dietary supplement for overall canine health to come out in the last 50 years.
Numerous studies and an accumulating body of evidence from clinical experiments show that CBD has strong anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties and is well-tolerated by dogs with symptoms of severe separation anxiety or ‘audio-phobia’ disorders.
CBD Is A Natural Anti-Anxiety Pet Medicine
CBD helps to calm your dog’s noise phobia by exerting direct action on receptors in a dog’s brain. CBD acts similar to a class of prescription anti-depressants, known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI), by boosting nerve impulse signaling via serotonin receptors. In fact, some studies have shown that CBD can be a superior treatment alternative than anti-anxiety drugs like Alprazolam, Amitriptyline or Clomipramine for canine panic disorders.
Most canine anxiety disorders like noise phobias seem to develop between the early ages of one-to-two years and worsen as the dog matures. It is also known that if a dog reacts to one loud noise, it is likely to react to other resounding noises in the same manner. So if your dog overreacts to the sound of thunderstorms, it has a 95 percent chance of responding similarly to the intense sound of fireworks. Older, senior dogs are more prone to suffer from sound-disturbances & ‘noise phobias’ than their younger counterparts.
Remember To Have Fun!!
You can still include your dog in holiday festivities like picnics, trips to the beach or lake, or family gatherings. But as a general rule, most dogs are more comfortable left at home with their normal routine during July 4th celebrations. Just make sure your four-legged family member is tucked snugly inside your home, with access to a safe haven, before the fireworks begin.
July 4th is an exciting time in our county’s history and our own family traditions but dogs take their cues from our excited behavior. It’s important to go about your normal routine as much as possible to keep our beloved pets in a stable, refined mind-set. Above all, this should be a time of joyful celebration for the entire family, including our furry family members and using CBD can provide the calm-before-the-storm. Happy Fourth of July from our family to yours!