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The Fourth of July is just around the corner! While many of us are looking forward to celebrating America’s birthday, it’s also important to remember that this can be a very dangerous holiday for dogs. Many pups are absolutely terrified of fireworks! This is why, sadly, lost pet reports often spike after the Fourth. Here, a local vet lists some ways to help your pooch cope.
When used properly, crates can be very helpful behavioral tools. Fido should think of his crate as a comfy, cozy den, rather than a jail cell. If your furry friend likes his crate, he may feel safer inside it. Make sure he has comfy bedding. You may also wan to offer him a special treat or a puzzle toy to keep him occupied.
Fido is always calmer after he’s burned off some of his excess zoomies. Before it gets dark, take your canine buddy for a long walk. A vigorous play session will also help wear him out.
You don’t want to go overboard here; showering your pooch with attention when he’s scared could inadvertently reward him for acting nervous. That said, if your furry best pal seems frightened, petting him and talking to him gently can help soothe him.
If your pup is extremely scared of loud noises, he may benefit from a snug shirt. These are sort of the doggy equivalent of a weighted blanket. Of course, not all dogs like these, so you’ll need to watch how Fido reacts.
Consider getting Fido some pet-calming pheromones. There are different products you can choose from, such as treats, collars, and sprays. Ask your vet for specific advice.
When you bring your canine buddy inside, turn on a radio or TV. This will help mask the noise of the fireworks. Plus, the background noise can help calm and distract Fido.
Our four-legged companions all have unique personalities, and some are just naturally jumpier than others. If Fido is generally nervous, you may want to try 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. It might take several days, weeks, or even months, for your dog to get used to it, but it can help.
Happy Fourth! Contact us, your local veterinary clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!