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How to keep your pets calm and relaxed during the 4th of July fireworks
How to keep your pets calm and relaxed during the 4th of July fireworks

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Did you know that 50% of dogs in the US are afraid of fireworks on the Fourth of July?

Summer can be a source of anxiety in pets, whether it’s the blaring of fireworks or the claps of thunder during summer storms. Not only dogs, but cats also struggle with anxiety.

Snoozer Pet Products is part of a nationwide campaign to educate cat and dog owners on how to help their pets stay calm and get used to loud noises that can cause nervousness in their furry friends.

How can you help your cat or dog cope with fireworks and other loud noises this summer? Here’s what you need to know.

Why do pets get scared of fireworks?

According to Purina, fireworks are loud, unpredictable and threatening to dogs.

Humans expect fireworks on the Fourth of July and have a frame of reference for every firework in the sky. Pets do not.

The noise of fireworks can often seem inescapable to dogs, as they have exceptional hearing and don’t know why or when fireworks will explode. The sounds fireworks make can make your pet feel trapped and trigger their fight or flight response.

How can I help my pet during fireworks?

Dr. Angelica Dimock, a shelter and emergency veterinarian in Minnesota, told Snoozer Pet Products how to prepare your pets in case they experience anxiety before, during and after the Fourth of July.

  • Play the sounds of fireworks or thunderstorms to get your pet used to them. This will desensitize them and help them get used to the noise. Gradually increase the volume over time. This works best if you start months in advance.
  • Create a special room where the animal can hide and feel safe. The most soundproof room in the house or apartment is ideal. Place toys and other familiar things in the room. Pets hide in small, private areas when they are afraid.
  • Use calming agents like a special shirt that hugs the pet or even natural supplements like CBD. Sometimes these products work and sometimes they don’t. Every pet is different.
  • If anxiety is severe, you should consult your veterinarian to see if your pet may need medication.

What if I travel with my pet this summer?

Are you travelling in the summer and want to take your pet with you? This way you can make the car journey fun for your real cuddly toy and give him a relaxed travel experience.

  • It is important to take your pet to different places when traveling in the car. If you only take your pet in the car when going to the vet, They will believe they are on their way there. Show them that they can ride in the car without being bumped or poked.
  • Car travel can make some pets feel sick because they can look in different directions. Get them an anti-anxiety car seat to help them sit comfortably. Make sure the pet is securely fastened to a seat belt.
  • Give your pet a place to rest, just as you do for yourself. Plan plenty of bathroom breaks and stops at the beginning of the trip, especially if your child likes to explore. Each stop will encourage your child to discover something new.
  • Do you have a furry friend who loves to eat? Give him lots of treats!