Ways To Keep Your Pets Calm During Fireworks

July 2, 2018

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By now the neighbors have started their Independence Day festivities with fireworks and your pet is terrified. Dogs can hear up to four times the distance, and they can hear higher-pitched and higher frequency sounds compared to humans and while you understand fireworks, your pets and your neighbor’s pets cannot. While it is nearly impossible to stop the rocket's red glare, you can prepare for it and try out these veterinarian recommended ways to keep your pets safe and happy. Make sure your animal has easy access to a safe space. Simply make sure their favorite spot at home is clean and accessible to them. For small pets, like hamsters, rabbits, and guinea pigs, put a sheet over their cage or ensuring they have some kind of safe enclosure they can escape to. Stay home if you can. Being around when your panicking pet needs you will help them cope. Create white noise in the house. Anything you can do to dull the noise is helpful. Turn on a white noise machine (or a white noise app), the TV, radio, or even a fan to help diffuse the sound and make it less startling for the pet. Try a "thunder shirt", which provides constant pressure on the animal's thorax and is shown to alleviate anxiety. Finally, make sure they are microchipped and you have updated your contact information.  If they somehow get out and flee, they can get back to you quickly.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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