It’s Independence Day Weekend, and although this year’s holiday looks much different than last year’s due to COVID-19 shutdowns, one thing hasn’t changed – fireworks. The amount of fireworks has arguably increased this year due to cancellations of professional shows and peoples’ frustration with being at home. In many neighborhoods, the boom and pop of fireworks has been heard nightly since mid-May, wreaking havoc on the nerves of both people and pets. Since statistically the 4th of July is the single most dangerous day of the year for pets, we recommend reviewing these 4th of July tips to keep your Corgi safe at home.
- Just Stay Home. We know this holiday is usually filled with beach trips, barbeques, and pool parties, but at this time many locations are experiencing an uptick of Coronavirus cases. Between that and the number of people choosing to have their own (often illegal) fireworks shows at home, it is a dangerous time to leave your house, for you and your Corgi. Opt for some fun togetherness at home instead. Your presence will help ease your Corgi’s stress, and you’ll avoid places that might be hotspots for community spread of the virus.
- Hunker Down. Do as much as you can to eliminate flashes and noise penetrating your house. Close the windows and curtains, and designate a cozy spot that you can fortify for your Corgi. Pile blankets, pillows, and favorite toys around the spot to make your Corgi feel calm. Play music, white noise, relaxation apps, or all the foregoing to drown out firework noise.
- Keep Calm. Use a Thundershirt or a make a swaddle to create a snug sensation that many dogs find comforting. You also might want to try a pheromone-based calming aid such as Adaptil which comes in a plug in or spray. If your Corgi is extra fearful or easily upset, you should talk to your vet about prescription drugs that can be given on a temporary basis.
- Keep Tabs. Loud blasts and bright flashes trigger a pet’s flight instinct, causing them to bolt and run. If you do leave the house on the 4th, make sure you double check any doors, windows, or gates to ensure they’re properly secured. Have a family member or friend check on your Corgi if you’re going to be gone for more than a few hours.
- Most Crucial: ID. It is more important on this day than any other that your Corgi wear an ID tag with your current phone number clearly legible. Make sure your Corgi’s microchip is up to date in a national registry. If despite your careful planning your Corgi still gets out of your home and is lost, with a clear ID tag, whoever finds him can call you immediately. Sometimes pets lose their collars, so without an ID tag a microchip is the next best way to reunite you.
We hope you have a safe, sane, happy, and fun holiday practicing physical distancing and wearing face coverings where appropriate. With all the above steps in place, you can also have peace of mind that your Corgi will be safe and comfortable this 4th of July.