dog is afraid of fireworks
Date Published: 2019-05-10
Date Updated: 2019-05-10
Almost every dog alive is scared of fireworks, and for a good reason. Once the Fourth of July comes around, dog parents start to worry about how their beloved furry friends are going to act. Will they start trembling, shaking, and hiding? Will they begin to urinate or salivate all over the place? Will they cuddle up next to you or begin to cause a ruckus? Every specific dog is 100% different.
Though we may not know the exact reason dogs find fireworks scary, we do know a few tricks you can use to help them get through the loud banging noises. Check them out below and see what works best for you and your dog.
Get Away from the Fireworks
Experts warn all doggy owners that the worst place to be when fireworks are going on is outside; stay inside or get your dog as far away from the noise as physically possible. If you’re not far enough from the loud noises, try putting the television or radio on to distract him or her.
If you have the opportunity, leave the immediate area or town and go on a nice walk or camping trip to help calm your dog’s nerves. If you have a loved one that doesn’t live in an area where fireworks typically go off, try visiting them during the peak firework times.
Do not leave your dog alone at home when fireworks are happening; this may cause severe anxiety.
Medications can be Useful
If you already know that your dog gets jittery around fireworks, you may want to talk to your veterinarian ahead of time to get a prescription medication. The following are medication suggestions to calm your dog when the fireworks start to come around:
Pheromones: Administration of this medication can occur through a diffuser, spray, or collar. Pheromones are known to reduce anxiety in dogs, which means it can be used during storms while traveling, and when alone at home, too.
Melatonin: You won’t need a prescription for this medication, as it is found over-the-counter. However, you will want to talk to your veterinarian about proper dosages. If it doesn’t work for your dog, that’s okay; move on to another option.
Prescription Medications: In severe cases, you may have to get a prescription from your veterinarian. There are several choices, and its best you talk with your animal professional regarding the matter.
Cuddling with Your Dog Helps Calm Nerves
Many dog parents think that petting their pups during an anxious episode can trigger more anxiety, but that’s not the case.
Make sure you don’t move suddenly or make frantic noises, and your dog will be fine with snuggling.
None of us dog parents like to see our beloved pets go through anxiety, especially when it comes to fireworks. In fact, it pains us when we know the Fourth of July is around the corner, considering we don’t know when the loud noises will start or end. All we can do is try our best to soothe the pups and take them away from the unwanted noise effects using these tips and tricks.