July 5th is the busiest day of the year for dog shelters.  The fireworks displays are awesome for humans but can be terrifying for dogs.

At Team Greyhound, we emphasize the importance of keeping your Greyhound on a leash or at minimum in a fenced yard.  This cannot be more important during holiday celebrations such as Independence Day when fireworks are in full force.  The sounds can be quite terrifying for dogs.  Their already keen sense may be bombarded with the explosive sounds of fireworks which may trigger their instinctive flight mode.  Thankfully for our faithful couch potatoes, the celebration is short lived and there are a few things you can do to keep your dog more safe and hopefully more comfortable.

  1. Keep him or her leashed outside and take extra care when entering or exiting your home.
    It only takes a moment to scare a dog and when a Greyhound gets away they get there fast.  Keep your Greyhound leashed when outside will minimize the risk of escape.  Make sure other family members know to keep the doors closed at all times and to be especially diligent when the doors must be opened.
  2. Provide an extra bed for your greyhound.
    If your greyhound is sensitive to loud noises you probably already know about it from observations during thunderstorms.  If so, you are familiar with the pacing, hiding in the bathrooms and the panting.  Providing a safe place for him or her to feel comfortable is useful in minimizing the stress associated with the loud noises made by storms and fireworks.  If they choose to hide in the bathroom, kitchen or other unusual space, put an extra dog bed in there for them to lay on.
  3. Talk to your Veterinary Clinic.
    In severe cases, your dog’s doctor may be able to provide some “doggie xanax”.  There are a variety of options to take the edge off during these events.  The doctor may provide prescription medications or recommend other remedies such as pheromones. If you feel the anxiety your Greyhound is experiencing is an ongoing issue and severe, a talk with the vet is well worth the time.
  4. There are homeopathic remedies you may try yourself.
    Pheromones may work and are available from a variety of sources, such as AmazonSmile, without a prescription. You might also try music, massage, exercise or even something as simple as distraction.  Your Greyhounds favorite treats or playtime with their favorite squeaker may be just the distraction he or she needs.
  5. Keep identifying tags on your dog’s collar at all times.
    Keeping tags on your dog may be the best way to recover him or her if lost.  You should always have the gold Team Greyhound tag on your dog’s collar so at minimum when someone finds your Greyhound they may contact us and we can assist in the reunion.  It’s also a good idea to have a typical name tag with your contact information and be sure to keep the microchip data up to date.