5 Easy Tips to Take the Fear Out of July 4th for Your Pet

“I love fire works!” – No pet ever!

From a pet perspective, loud and unpredictable noises partnered with bright flashing lights are threatening and alarming.  Here are 5 ways to keep your pet comfortable during the Fourth of July festivities! 

  1. Don’t take your pet with you to watch the fireworks. This is for not only your pet’s safety and the safety of others, but also to prevent negative emotional impact.  Leave them safely confined in your home with their favorite treat or toy.
  2. Use a calming pheromone spray to help your pet stay relaxed. We recommend Adaptil for dogs and Feliway for cats.  These products are available as a plug-in diffuser, collar, or temporary spray.
  3. Create a soothing sanctuary by playing calming music, such as classical, reggae, or soft rock.  We also recommend utilizing white noise to fill any gaps in the music.  You can use a fan or a white noise machine.
  4. Comfort your pet with compression garments. We recommend using a Thunder Shirt to create a gentle-pressure hug to induce feelings of well-being for some pets.
  5. Talk to your veterinarian about medications or supplements to help your pet relax.  Your pet’s doctor is here to help and can discuss different options if your pet needs a little extra boost to be more comfortable.

Remember that a fearful or upset pet may bite if cornered and confronted.  If your pet is showing any signs of stress, fear, or anxiety, gently encourage a calming environment by using these methods above.

If you have questions about any of the recommendations above, be sure to consult with your pet’s doctor before July 4th so you have ample time to prepare. 

Source: Fear Free Happy Homes

Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Robyn Hagle.