How to help pets, particularly dogs, cope with fireworks (2024)

How to help pets, particularly dogs, cope with anxiety over July Fourth fireworks

SUMMER. YEAH, PIXIE GOT QUIET WHEN THE CAMERA ZOOMED IN ON HER, BUT THAT’S HER BARKING WHILE WE CHECKED OUT SOME OF THE OTHER PUPS AT WESTERN SHORE VETERINARIAN HOSPITAL. SHE KNOWS SOMETHING IS DIFFERENT AND HER SENSES ARE HEIGHTENED. DOCTOR MARIANNE BAILEY HAS BEEN WORKING WITH PETS FOR MORE THAN A DECADE. SHE SAYS WHILE YOU’RE PREPARING FOR THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND, REMEMBER YOUR PETS? WE FORGET THAT MAYBE OUR DOG’S NOT WEARING A COLLAR AND NOT WEARING THEIR TAGS. AND SO THEY’RE SCARED. THEY TRY TO RUN AND THEY DON’T HAVE THEIR COLLAR ON. SO THEN THERE’S NO IDENTIFICATION KEEPING THEM IDENTIFIABLE IS SIMPLE. THERE’S TWO BIG THINGS, I’D SAY. ONE IS WITH 4TH OF JULY, COME IN. IF YOU’RE HAVING PEOPLE OVER, MAKE SURE YOUR PETS HAVE THEIR COLLARS ON. SO ANY DOG, MAKE SURE IT’S GOT A TAG ON THE COLLAR WITH YOUR NAME, A PHONE NUMBER. IF YOU’VE GOT PEOPLE GOING IN AND OUT, TRY TO MAKE SURE THE DOORS ARE STAYING SHUT OR PUT THEM IN AN AREA IN THE HOUSE WHERE, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE AREN’T GOING TO BE GOING IN AND OUT. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE PUTTING AIR TAGS ON THEIR PETS. THEN YOU CAN KIND OF FOLLOW THEM WHEREVER THEY ARE WITH YOUR PHONE. THERE’S A LOT OF COVERS YOU CAN PUT OVER THEM SO THEY’RE NOT BANGING UP AGAINST THE COLLAR AS WELL. THE FIREWORKS ARE OFTEN A BEAUTIFUL DISPLAY OF LIGHTS FOR THE HUMAN EYE BEFORE THE CANINES. IT CAN BE AN ANXIETY FILLED EXPERIENCE. SUMMER STORMS STRAPPED WITH BOISTEROUS THUNDER CAN ALSO SING YOUR PUP INTO A PANIC. BUT YOUR DOG DOESN’T HAVE TO SUFFER. THERE’S MEDICATIONS THAT CAN BE PRESCRIBED THAT CAN REALLY HELP REDUCE THAT ANXIETY AND DECREASE THE CHANCE THAT THEY’RE GOING TO TRY TO BOLT BECAUSE OF THE STORMS. DR. BAILEY SAYS THERE ARE PILLS YOUR DOGS CAN TAKE, BUT MANY ARE HUMAN MEDICINES AND AREN’T SPECIFICALLY FOR PETS. ONE PRESCRIPTIONS, SHE SAYS, IS EASY TO ADMINISTER FOR DOGS OF ANY SIZE, CILIA IS A GEL THAT’S FDA APPROVED FOR DOGS THAT YOU CAN SQUIRT ON THE INSIDE OF THE CHEEK POUCH. IT’S ABSORBED VERY RAPIDLY. I HAD A DOG THAT WAS TERRIFIED OF STORMS AND LOUD NOISES LIKE THE FIRE ALARM. BEEPING WHAT IS ENOUGH FOR HER? YOU SQUIRT IT IN THE POUCH. WITHIN MINUTES IT STARTS TO WORK. THE SUMMER MONTHS CAN ALSO BRING BRUTALLY HOT TEMPERATURES. AND DR. BAILEY REMINDS THAT IF IT’S HOT TO YOU, IT’S HOT TO YOUR DOG, TOO. IT’S TOO HOT TO LEAVE YOUR PET IN THE CAR. DON’T DO IT. IF YOU HAVE A PET THAT SPENDS A LOT OF TIME OUTSIDE, MAKE SURE THEY HAVE WATER. MAKE SURE THEY’RE SHADE. REPORTING

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How to help pets, particularly dogs, cope with anxiety over July Fourth fireworks

Pet owners who live near any of these planned July Fourth fireworks shows, particularly dogs, can take precautions to help them cope.Fireworks can make for an anxiety-filled experience for dogs, but our furry friends don't have to suffer needlessly.| MORE: Dogs get anxious around fireworks. These products might helpVeterinarians recommend keeping pets secure inside the house with doors and windows closed and curtains drawn. Also, adjust any schedules to walk dog(s) before it gets dark.They also say to play with your pet as much as possible in an effort to wear them out. During fireworks shows, you can provide a distraction from the noise, such as a fun toy or activity, or turn on the TV or music to mask the sounds of the fireworks.However, do not give pets anxiety medicine meant for human consumption; instead, consult your vet about pet-safe medication.Also, ensure your pet's microchips are up to date in case your pet flees while scared from the fireworks.

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Pet owners who live near any of these planned July Fourth fireworks shows, particularly dogs, can take precautions to help them cope.

Fireworks can make for an anxiety-filled experience for dogs, but our furry friends don't have to suffer needlessly.

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| MORE: Dogs get anxious around fireworks. These products might help

Veterinarians recommend keeping pets secure inside the house with doors and windows closed and curtains drawn. Also, adjust any schedules to walk dog(s) before it gets dark.

They also say to play with your pet as much as possible in an effort to wear them out. During fireworks shows, you can provide a distraction from the noise, such as a fun toy or activity, or turn on the TV or music to mask the sounds of the fireworks.

However, do not give pets anxiety medicine meant for human consumption; instead, consult your vet about pet-safe medication.

Also, ensure your pet's microchips are up to date in case your pet flees while scared from the fireworks.

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