Surf Dog Ricochet provides 15 tips to help reduce your pets fireworks anxiety this 4th of July
I call it the 4th of Bejeebers! I don’t like pop noises to begin with. So, when the 4th of July comes around, I run for cover! You should NEVER take your pets to a fireworks show. Even if they seem calm, they may be displaying subtle behaviors of anxiety like yawning or licking their lips. Try to act as normal as possible because your pet can pick up on unuusal behavior. Stay calm, happy and cheerful so positive energy is surrounding your pet.
Here are a 10 tips that help me feel more comfortable and safe that you can use with your pets too…
Exercise your pet earlier in the day.
If possible, stay home with your pets.
Keep your pets indoors. When they need to toilet, be sure to go outside with them in case an un-expected fire cracker pops. Many pets will bolt, seeking refuge to get away from the noise.
Close windows, blinds or drapes.
Turn on the air conditioning.
Turn on a radio or TV to drown out the noise, or
Use sound therapy music designed especially for pets. Through a Dog’s Ear has CD’s to reduce pet anxiety.
Create a safe, comfortable place for your pet. When scared, pets typically like small, enclosed spaces like a crate. It’s a good idea to cover the crate with a blanket to provide extra comfort. If they already have a favorite place, put down extra blankets.
Make sure your pets are wearing their ID tags. If you haven’t microchipped your pet, doing so before the 4th of July is highly recommended.
Give your dog something fun to do to occupy his mind, like a meaty bone or filling a Kong with his favorite treats. Freeze it beforehand so it lasts longer.
Use ear phones like the ones used for dogs on planes to drown out noise, such as Mutt Muffs
Use aroma therapy such as Canine Calm
If you have an exceptionally anxious pet, talk to your veterinarian about possible anti-anxiety medication.
Get a Thundershirt for your pet which has been shown to reduce anxiety. Their website reports that over 85% of Thundershirt users see significant improvement in noise anxiety symptoms.
Make sure there is plenty of water available, as anxious dogs tend to pant more.
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