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Posted on 06-25-2018

4th of July Tips for Pet Owners from our Radford Veterinarian

While the human population adores fireworks, many dogs become frightened and stressed out because of them. Our experienced veterinarian at Radford Animal Hospital, Dr. Carol Hansen, explains that the noise and lights can spook dogs so much that many run away. In fact, July 4th brings about more lost dog reports than any other day of the year. Furthermore, panicked animals often hurt themselves in their efforts to escape. With this in mind, here are some ways to prepare for Independence Day in Radford, Christiansburg, Blacksburg, and Dublin to help your dog get through the fireworks storm safely and less stressed.

Dog celebrating 4th of July

Simple Ways to Keep Dogs Safe and Happy on Independence Day

These tips will help pet owners with both preventive measures for injury and running away and also ways to ensure their pup enjoys the festivities, too.

  • Microchipping is highly recommended by our Radford veterinarian as a backup identification source to traditional collar tags. Make sure information is up to date both on tags and the microchip registry to assist in your pet’s return if they decide to bolt.
  • Unless your dog actually enjoys loud noises, don’t take them to outings where they’ll be parades, fireworks and lots of people. These can cause even more stress and panic in the animal that could result in physical problems. Keep your pet at home.
  • Those setting off fireworks at home can help their dog get through the evening by providing them with a safe place, such as a crate or kennel. Mask loud noises by turning on the TV or some music, and close any curtain or blinds. Consider choosing a room furthest from where the fireworks will be shot off.
  • If your dog has a storied history of firework spooks, our veterinarian can discuss options such as mild tranquilizers than can help him or her stay calm and safe for the night.

Looking for an Experienced Veterinarian in Radford, VA?

Look no further than the top-quality care we provide for pets here at Radford Animal Hospital. We serve residents of the surrounding communities such as Christiansburg, Blacksburg, and Dublin as well. Contact us today at 540-639-3891 to schedule an appointment.

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