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Helping Fido Cope With Fireworks

July 1, 2023

The Fourth of July is just around the corner. If you have a dog, you’ll want to take some extra precautions with your canine companion. Many pups are absolutely terrified of fireworks, which can not only make them anxious and jumpy, but can also cause them to run off in fear. A Parkland, FL vet offers some tips on helping your furry best friend get through the summer holiday in this article.

Background Noise

Sometimes, simply masking the noise can help quite a bit. Turn a radio or TV on, and turn the volume up enough to drown out some of the background noise. 

Pet-Calming Products

There are quite a few products out made specifically for soothing nervous pets. Weighted shirts are one option. However, you’ll need to keep a close eye on Fido, and make sure he doesn’t get hot. You can also try pheromone products, such as treats and sprays. Ask your vet for tips, and follow package directions carefully.

Tire Him Out

Our canine pals are always calmer after a good workout. Walk and play with Fido before it gets dark. That way, he can burn off any excess energy he has before the show starts.

Keep A Tight Leash

Fido should have a sturdy leash and harness or collar, one that won’t break or pop off. You’ll need to take extra care this week, though: people sometimes shoot fireworks off before and after the holiday. 

Indoor Doggy

Do you have a yard for your pooch to play in? It’s best to bring him indoors before dark. Limit Fido’s outdoor time this week.

Offer Comfort

In general, you don’t want to go overboard and coddle Fido too much: that may be rewarding him for acting scared. However, you can definitely pet and comfort him if he seems frightened. Crates

When used properly, crates can be very helpful tools. Training is crucial here: Fido should see his crate as his own personal puppy hideout. Toys and bedding can help with that. 

Chews

There’s also a lot to be said for keeping your pooch occupied.  Kongs are ‘pawesome’ options because you can stuff them, which can keep Fido busy for hours. Use a freezable filling for extra tail wags. Some good options are ripe banana, peanut butter, and plain yogurt. Just stick with safe options, and remember to mind the calories! 

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