Is your pet afraid of fireworks?
Yes, it's extremely heartbreaking to see the terror they feel.
And like many pet owners, I'm sure you'd also love to get the fireworks banned.
But don't despair - here are our tips to keep your pets calm during the 4th of July celebrations:
1. Keep your pets inside your home
Create a safe haven where they feel comfortable (preferably in a quiet room so that they can’t hear or see fireworks).
Just in case, make sure that they can be identified by microchip or a tag (check that your contact info is updated).
2. Exercise is a great way to manage stress
So a brisk walk with your dog a few hours before the fireworks start will help to calm them down for the night.
Cats also need exercise - they love to pounce on toys filled with catnip or chase a laser light around the room.
3. Play music or white noise
Calming music or white noise from the TV, radio or a fan can help to mask the sounds of the fireworks.
Studies have shown that slow classical music significantly lowers stress levels in animals.
4. Comfort your dog & stay calm yourself
Distract them by talking to them in a calm and soothing tone.
Also, petting can be comforting - long, slow, firm strokes along the length of their body are typically very soothing.
5. Desensitize your pet to the sound of fireworks
Pets are easily frightened by loud sounds that are unfamiliar to them.
So you can try playing sounds of fireworks (softly in the background) so your pet is used to hearing them.
This will need to be done gradually over a longer period of time before the fireworks event.
6. Consider medication for anxiety
Pheromones are natural chemicals that animals secrete, that make them feel safe and relaxed.
Many pet stores sell them as a spray, scented collar or a diffuser that can be plugged into a wall outlet.
You can also look for supplements containing herbs that reduce anxiety, such as Lavender, Valerian Root, Passion Flower and Chamomile.
A few drops can be added to their water bowl to help them relax.
7. Speak to an expert
If your pet’s anxiety is severe, consider booking an appointment with your vet to discuss a medication that can help soothe your dog’s anxiety.
Alternatively, you can work with a trainer or behaviour specialist to desensitize your pet to fireworks or other fears gradually.
Do you have any tips for keeping pets calm?
Let us know in the comments below!