Dog Days of Summer: Keep Your Pets Safe this 4th of July

Posted by – July 01, 2016
Categories: Health & Healing

There’s nothing like a good fireworks show on the 4th of July. But while the bright lights and big bangs may bring a smile to your face, remember your pets may be having a very different experience. Here, Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs author Lew Olson shares some techniques for keeping your pets safe and calm through the excitement.

It is important to keep dogs and cats indoors during fireworks. Turning up the TV or radio can help block some of the firework noise. Other helpful remedies include:

  • Melatonin, which is an amino acid found at most health food stores and can help calm dogs. This is given at 1mg to 3mg about 1 hour before the expected stressful event.
  • DAP collars or infusers made from the hormones of lactating dogs can help calm dogs during fireworks. These need to be used 3 days before the expected event for the best results.
  • Tasha’s Easy Does It for Dogs (editor’s note: Use Azmira Rescue & Relief) is an herbal tincture that helps relax and calm your dog during stressful events. This includes traveling, fireworks and anxiety.
  • Thunder jackets are also helpful. Thunder jackets are a tight fitting garment made for dogs that help calm and soothe them when they are frightened. These can be found online and come in a variety of sizes for both small and large dogs.

Please keep your dogs and cats safe and protected, and have a very wonderful 4th of July weekend!

This article was excerpted from Lew Olson’s Dog Nutrition newsletter for
You can read the full article, and subscribe to the newsletter here.

Tags: Natural Pet Care Lew Olson

About the Author

After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2007, Julia was delighted to find out that “professional book recommender” was a job. She has been working in marketing and publicity with independent Bay Area publishers ever since. She joined North Atlantic Books in 2014. She lives with her husband and two very nice cats in Oakland.