Fireworks can send your pet into a panic. If your best friend has an extreme reaction to the noise such as heavy panting, drooling, shaking, hiding, or trying to escape, or if your pet reacts negatively when loud noise is happening, you’re not alone: it’s estimated 40-50% of dogs suffer from this phobia.
And, with Fourth of July approaching, the noise level is only going to go up. Fireworks, whether they’re at a distance or going off next door, can send your pet into a panic. The good news is there are a number of effective strategies you can adopt to minimize the impact of big bangs on your best friend, including:
· Putting your pet in a room and turning on white noise or soft music to dull the sounds
· distracting your pet with games and toys
· avoiding comforting or punishment—both reinforce the fear reaction
· consider getting your pet a Thundershirt
If any of the above approaches don’t work, we’re happy to consult with you about possible sedative medications and therapeutic treatments that are good for both short-term anxiety and long-term care.
Want to schedule a consultation or need more advice about how to minimize the impact of loud noises on your furry family member? Call (703) 348-9462 today!