Posted on Jun 29, 2023
By Ellie Laks, Founder of The Gentle Barn
July 4th might be fun for most humans, but it is terrifying for our household pets, wild animals, and war veterans. The trauma of being stuck outside alone can affect our pets’ lives for the rest of their lives, and, in some cases, can cost them their lives. The shelters and animal hospitals are always crowded the day after July 4th with animals who think the world is ending and jump over fences, crash through gates, and run scared into traffic or away from home.
When we plan ahead and do just a few things to secure our animals, we can ensure that our furred and feathered family members have a good, safe, and healthy Independence Day. I recommend the following things:
As an animal communicator, I have spoken to dogs across the country who tell me horror stories of July 4th and their PTSD afterward. The trauma of fireworks leads to them reacting to thunder, loud noises on television, and even the sound of snapping gum can set them off. I can do remote Emotional Freedom Technique Tapping on animals to release the trauma, but it is way better to protect your animals, so they don’t have to develop trauma in the first place. Jay and I will be at home this July 4th, as always, and we will be doing all these things for the dogs and farm animals at The Gentle Barn. Our sweethearts always come first.