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Ways to Help Fido Cope With the Fireworks

July 1, 2021

July 4th is just a few days off. This can be a very dangerous holiday for our canine companions. Many pups are absolutely terrified of fireworks! Even the most loyal pup can bolt if they get scared, so  Here, a local veterinarian lists some ways to help your canine buddy cope.


Desensitization

Our furry friends all have unique personalities, and some are just naturally jumpier than others. If Fido is generally high strung, you may want to 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 make a huge difference. 


Early Workout

Fido is usually calmer after he’s burned off his zoomies. Before it gets dark, take your pup for a long walk. A vigorous play session will also help wear him out.


Crate Time

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 pet likes his crate, he may feel safer inside it. Make sure he has comfy bedding. Offering him a treat or a puzzle toy will also help keep him occupied.


Background Noise

You’ll want to take your pet in before dark. When you bring Fido inside, turn on a radio or TV. This will help mask the noise of the fireworks. The background noise may also help calm your furry buddy. 


Calming Shirt

If your four-legged friend is extremely scared of loud noises, he may benefit from a snug shirt. These are rather like the doggy equivalent of weighted blankets. Of course, not all pups love them, so you’ll need to watch how he reacts.


Cuddles

You don’t want to go overboard with this one; showering Fido with attention when he’s scared could inadvertently reward him for acting nervous. That said, if your furry friend seems frightened, petting him and talking to him may comfort him.


Pet-Calming Products

Another thing to consider is getting some pet-calming pheromones. There are several different products you can choose from, such as treats, collars, and sprays. Ask your vet for more information on these. Also, take care to follow the instructions!


Happy Fourth! Contact us, your local veterinary clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!

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