The 4th of July is just around the corner. Firework shows will be going on throughout the day and in some neighborhoods throughout the week. Will your dog or cat be anxious during the night time shows? Will he or she get overly anxious and not come out of hiding for hours? Will your pet get too scared and attempt a run for it?
The loud cracks and bangs of fireworks can have the same effect on pets as thunderstorms do. If you have a pet who already does not do well with thunderstorms, this blog is for you.
Some vet clinics offer sedation for this type of problem. We do not recommend it and most definitely consider it a last resort as there are other methods which can be used to calm your pet. Here are a few:
- Use things in your house to “sound proof” it. Things like having the TVs on, your windows shut and curtains drawn will do a lot.
- Have the AC Unit running colder than usual (louder noise).
- Take your pet on a long walk before the celebrations start. Getting more exercise than usual will tire him out and he will be less active.
- Keep your pet in one room with his or her favorite toys (preferably a room where the TV is on). Giving them a bone or some other treat that takes a while to get through can give them something to do and be distracted by.
- Ensure your pet has their collar and tags on. Getting them micro-chipped is a preferred option in the event that their collar accidentally comes off. (We currently have a good special on micro-chipping your pet. It takes seconds to do and is basically a painless procedure.)
We hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July! Happy Independence Day!