Happy 4th of July!

As much as I love the 4th of July, it comes with some anxiety knowing that it is far from my dog’s favorite holiday. For the last week or so as people have been randomly setting off fireworks in my neighborhood, my dog has been hiding under various pillows and running to my bedroom to hide out. And forget it if someone lets off one while we are on a walk. It’s likely I’ll have to carry him back to the house.

If you’ve found something that helps your dog with his fireworks anxiety, please let me know! I’ve tried to distract him, give him toys, but really all I can do is comfort him. This is a very common fear among dogs. In fact, sadly, they say that the 4th of July is the most common time for dogs to run away and go missing after being scared by fireworks.

Because of this, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, along with the Missing Pet Partnership, recently developed an app to help you find your lost pet. The app helps you find your pet by providing an individual search plan, customized by your pet’s behavior and circumstances. For example, if your pet is social and loves people, it is more likely he or she sticks close to your neighborhood. To determine your customized plan, you answer a series of questions about your pet and where he was last seen and then you get a checklist of what to do. Users will also be able to create a digital lost pet flyer to share on social media networks.

The app is available for download on Apple iTunes and Google Play. Look for “ASPCA Lost Pet.”

Here’s more great tips courtesy of the Dogington Post:

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Hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July!