Keeping Your Pets Calm During Fireworks Displays

July 2, 2019

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We arrived at the time of the year that many Americans celebrate the birth of our Nation with a display of fireworks.  While the booms and flashes of light delight many people, it is torture for our pets. To minimize the stress on your pets, here are some of the best ways to keep your dogs and cat calm on Independence Day.  Before dusk, take your dog out for exercise.  A run around the dog park or a laser pointer to tucker out your cat.  Animal experts say when pets are around any stressful stimuli, exercise helps tire them out and resulting in a calmer, happier and more peaceful pet. Make sure to keep them indoors. If your pet is very scared, an escape-proof crate or a sound-insulated room, such as an internal bathroom, may help the pet to feel more secure. If you cannot keep them inside, make sure their area is escape proof as many pets flee during the firework displays. While keeping your pet isolated in a secure room, keeping them alone too long can be just as stressful. So let them out occasionally to socialize with you and your guests and allow them to return to the safe space when the fireworks resume. In extreme cases of nervousness, you will want to contact your veterinarian and discuss medication to sedate your pet.

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SOURCE: Mental Floss

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