I can’t wait to interview Dr. Kwane Stewart about calming our pet-family down during the 4th of July weekend. Before our beloved Border Collie went to dog-heaven, we struggled during the 4th of July weekend to calm her down. Dogs and fireworks aren’t a match at all, and including furry friends in on the fun is challenging.
Here’s some tips:
- Leave furry friends indoors with the windows closed and curtains drawn to help muffle loud noises, or just crate him or her.
- Making them comfortable with blankets, even weighted blankets are an option.
- Secure the fence just in case you’re next door and they hear the loud pops and bangs and tries to wander away.
- Let’s address losing a pet on the 4th of July! Make sure your dog is wearing a properly fitted collar and tags are up-to-date.
- Buy extra treats for the 4th of July for your pets to keep them detained and distracted as possible. They love that favorite chew toy filled with his favorite treat.
- Put the TV or radio on to help drown out the sounds. Music with gentle sounds is typically best to help ease his anxiety.
If your pet is dealing with extreme phobias there’s new inventions and solutions for us. If the above solutions don’t help, your furry friend may need additional assistance to overcome his fears using special jackets to help comfort them during loud displays such as fireworks or during thunderstorms. Your vet might also have some solutions for how to help keep your dog calm, so it doesn’t hurt to call them up and ask.