Tips for Fireworks Fears
Summertime is officially here! Fun in the sun, pool days, and celebrating the Declaration of Independence of the United States are all signs of the season. With the Fourth of July events right around the corner, it’s important to remember that fireworks can be scary for pets (even me, Mac, the office cat).
The random and loud noises that fireworks create make pets feel like there is a real threat happening outside their homes. When pets are afraid, they commonly bark, hide, pace, pant, bite, and whine. Unfortunately, it’s common for pets to run away and become lost this time of year as well. Even if your pet does well with fireworks, leave them indoors and keeping a close eye on them during festivities.
If your pet is experiencing anxiety because of fireworks, you should try some of the methods my family at the clinic uses to keep me calm.
- Create a safe space. Place your pets in a smaller area like a specific room or a familiar crate. Add in their favorite blankets, pillows, and toys as well to make them comfortable.
- Try thundershirts. These vests apply constant, light pressure to keep your pet calm. Make sure the fit is snug, but still comfortable for your dog or cat.
- Work with your vet to find the right medication. There are many anti-anxiety medications designed for animals that can give your pet comfort during firework season.
These methods not only work for fireworks but also other common sources of pet anxiety like separation or thunderstorms. If your pet is affected by these problems, schedule an appointment today to find the best solution for your pet!