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The Fourth of July is just around the corner! While many people are looking forward to celebrating America’s birthday, it’s also important to remember the Fourth can be a very dangerous holiday for our canine companions. Many pups are absolutely terrified of fireworks! Here, a local vet lists some ways to help Fido cope.
Man’s Best Bud is always a bit calmer after he’s burned off some of his excess zoomies. Before it gets dark, take your pup for a long walk. A vigorous play session will also help wear him out.
If your furry friend is extremely scared of loud noises, he may benefit from a snug shirt. These are sort of the doggy equivalent of weighted blankets. Of course, not all pups love them, so you’ll need to watch how your pet reacts.
C rates can be very helpful, as long as they are used properly. The key is to make sure that Fido thinks of his crate as a comfy, cozy den, and not a jail cell. If your pooch likes his crate, he may feel safer inside it. Make sure he has comfy bedding. Offering him an extra-special treat or a puzzle toy will also help keep him occupied and distracted.
Another thing you might want to consider is getting some pet-calming pheromones. There are different products that you can choose from, such as treats, collars, and sprays. Ask your vet for more information on these.
Before it gets dark, bring Fido inside and turn on a radio or TV. This will help mask the noise of the fireworks. The background noise can also help calm your furry buddy.
Our canine companions all have their own, unique personalities, and some are just naturally jumpier than others. If Fido is generally high strung and anxious, you may want to try 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.)
You don’t want to go overboard here; showering your pup with attention when he’s scared could inadvertently reward him for acting nervous. That said, if your dog seems frightened, petting him and talking to him may help soothe him.
Happy Fourth! Contact us, your local veterinary clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!