The Fourth of July is almost here—and as many pet owners know, this holiday does not necessarily mean fun and enjoyment for all members of the family. Our pets can often find the Fourth of July fireworks quite frightening, and some even go into a panic during the festivities. Fortunately, there are some ways for pet owners to relieve their pets’ anxiety and prevent any dangerous or destructive behaviors.
- Keep your pet in a quiet, secure place. If you know that fireworks are being set off near your home, prepare a quiet place to let your pet rest during the festivities. Make sure that the location is secure and indoors, as some pets can try to escape if they become afraid of the noise. If you plan on attending an event with a fireworks show, protect your pet by leaving him or her at home.
- Do not scold your pet if he becomes fearful. If your dog panics from the strange sounds and lights of the fireworks, remember that scolding him will not help. Instead, do your best to act confident and provide your pet with gentle reassurance.
- Consider a Thundershirt. These snug-fitting body suits are available for dogs in sizes ranging from XXS to XXL. Thundershirts use gentle, constant pressure to calm your dog – much like swaddling a baby – thus effectively aiding anxiety, fearfulness, barking and more.
- Ask your veterinarian for help. If past experience has taught you that your dog becomes severely panicked and fearful, consider seeking your veterinarian’s advice. In some cases, your vet may offer a prescription or non-prescription remedy that may help to calm your pet.
- No eating the Fireworks. Also remember that the chemicals in fireworks are toxic to pets. So, no eating or chewing on fireworks either, please.
To learn more about keeping your pet happy and healthy throughout the year, ask the helpful staff at Meadow Brook Animal Hospital or Preston Road Animal Hospital. Our veterinarians and support staff strive to promote optimal health and wellness in each of our patients. To schedule an appointment, call either Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at 877-296-5995 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at 972-439-1344.