Here are some tips for getting your furry kids through the Independence Day hullabaloo:
Tire them out! Take your dog on an extra-long hike, throw the ball, or have a rousing game of chase-the-feather with your kitty. If they're exhausted, they will be less affected by the noise.
Let them hide. Give them a safe, cozy spot to get away from all the commotion. You can even play classical music or turn the TV on to help block the noise.
Keep pets indoors. Close all doors, pet doors, windows, and curtains/blinds if possible. Run a fan or turn on the air conditioning if possible for background noise. If your pet is in a crate, cover the crate with a blanket.
Make sure all doors and gates are secure and your pets all have tags and/or microchips just in case. When pets are in a panic, they can become escape artists.
Consider purchasing a Thundershirt. These pet shirts are designed to apply pressure to your pet's body like a hug. This pressure helps to calm the nervous system. Several of our clients have used these with good results.
Another resource that we've had some clients use successfully is noise cancelling headphones, called Mutt Muffs, for pets.
Reassure your pets. Maybe even give a few treats when the noise begins. You want to comfort your pets if they are asking for reassurance, but be sure to stay calm and behave as if everything is fine. If you act anxious, they will pick up on your stress.
Puzzle toys, like a Kong, can be great distractions during fireworks.
If loud noises make your pet extremely anxious, you may want to consider a sedative. Call our office to see if that would be a good option for your fuzzy kid.