The Fourth of July is just a few days off. While many of us are looking forward to celebrating America’s birthday, it’s also important to remember that this can be a very dangerous holiday for our canine companions. Many of our canine patients are absolutely terrified of fireworks! Here, a local vet lists some ways to help your pup cope.
Take Fido in before it gets dark. Turn on a radio or TV for him. This will help mask the noise of the fireworks. Plus, the background noise can help calm him.
Fido is always a bit calmer after he’s burned off some of his excess energy. Before it gets dark, take your pooch for a long walk. A vigorous play session will also help tire him out.
When used properly, crates can be very helpful. The key is to make sure that Fido thinks of his crate as a comfy, cozy den, and not a jail cell. If your furry friend likes his crate, he may feel safer inside it. Make sure he has comfy bedding. Offering him a special treat or a puzzle toy will also help keep him occupied.
Another thing you may want to consider is getting some pet-calming pheromones. There are many different products you can choose from, including treats, collars, and sprays. Ask your vet for more information on these. Follow the directions carefully!
If your pup is extremely scared of loud noises, he may benefit from a snug shirt. These are sort of the doggy equivalent of a weighted blanket. Of course, not all dogs love them, so you’ll need to watch how Fido reacts.
You don’t want to go overboard here; showering your furry buddy with attention when he’s scared could inadvertently reward him for acting nervous. That said, if your pet seems very frightened, petting him and talking to him a bit may soothe him.
Dogs all have unique personalities, and some are just naturally more nervous than others. If Fido is generally high strung, work on desensitizing him to loud noises. Get a CD or stream something with a thunderstorm or loud noises. Play it at a low volume at first, and then gradually increase it. (This process may take several days, weeks, or even months, but it can help a lot.)
Happy Fourth! Contact us, your local veterinary clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!