Helping prepare your pets for firework anxieties
The 4th of July has traditionally been a time for parties, barbecues, and outdoor activities. This year may look a little different for some with smaller gatherings, celebrating at home, and taking some time for reflection. There's one holiday staple that surely won't change this year: fireworks.
Unfortunately for our furry companions, the 4th of July can be a very traumatic time. The ASPCA reported that nearly 1 in 5 pets that go missing are scared off by fireworks. That's why it's important to have a few things in mind to keep our little loved ones safe and sound.
Here are some simple steps you can take to keep your pet out of harm's way on the 4th of July.
1. Leave your pet at home
Barbecues at the park, trips to a local beach, and fireworks displays are amazing opportunities to celebrate with friends and family, but they are the most likely places for pets to run off, so it's best to leave them at home. If you really can't leave them, make sure they are on a secure leash at all times that they are not able to chew through. Always keep a close eye on them, and look for signs of stress. It's important to read their signals and respond accordingly.
2. Keep your pet indoors and secure
Dogs and cats can be expert escape artists, especially when in a panic, so make sure that when they are at home that they're kept indoors with all doors and windows securely shut and locked. Remove any items that may fall and injure your pet in case of disturbance. Both cats and dogs can be severely agitated by the loud boom of fireworks, which might result in them sprinting around the house and crashing into things.
3. Make sure your pet is chipped and wearing tags
Always keep a collar on your pet with their name and your phone number. This is the simplest way to increase the chances of someone returning your pet to you quickly when they are lost. If you're able, have your pet chipped by a qualified vet. This can help make sure they get back to you in the event they end up at an animal shelter. Also, be sure you have recent photos of your pet handy to post. Apps like Next Door can be very useful and effective tools for returning lost pets to their owners.
4. Explore CBD options to calm them down
CBD for pets can help calm your pet's nerves before the fireworks start. If you've gone through the previous tips, and they still turn into a nervous wreck when the first firework goes off, it might be a good idea to look into a little natural assistance. CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety levels in humans, and since both pets and humans have endocannabinoid systems, chances are CBD might be able to help with your pet's 4th of July anxieties as well.
It is important to use USA hemp-derived CBD for your pets. Many pet products on the market use questionably sourced and processed CBD, so it is important to give your pets the same quality CBD as you would use yourself. Our CBD pet tincture line is specially designed just for them with pet friendly flavors they will love (Though you might find these flavors appealing, too! Bacon cheddar? Yes please!) So if you've ever thought about trying out CBD for your furry friend, now is the perfect time.
How much CBD should I give my pet?
The basic rule of thumb is 1mg of CBD per every 5 pounds your pet weighs. This means an 8 pound cat should get a little under 2mg and a 15 pound dog would get 3mg. However, this is just a general guideline, and there are many factors that can impact the proper dosage for your pet. For example, some dogs are more sensitive to CBD and might require a slightly lower dose, whereas animals with a higher muscle mass, like Pit Bulls and Maine Coons, might require a slightly higher dose. As always, start low and slow, observe your pet's response, and adjust accordingly.
Do what you can to make sure your pet is calm, safe, and secure this 4th of July. Have you used CBD for pet anxiety? Let us know in the comments below! What results have you seen? What tips or tricks do you have for the rest of us who are thinking about giving CBD to our four-legged loved ones?