The first commemorative Independence Day fireworks were set off on July 4, 1777. We have been celebrating since! Just because it is a fun time for us, does not mean it is fun for our canine companions.
Noise phobia can be very difficult for dog owners to deal with. Seeing their dog afraid and having a panic attack can leave an owner feeling helpless when found in the situation. At Green Valley Veterinary Care, we are here to help!
- Know the firework date for your city and the surrounding areas. Dogs have a great sense of hearing and will be able to hear the fireworks in neighboring towns.
- Exercise is a great way to help ward off the evening stress. Take you dog for a long walk or play ball in the house if it is too hot outside. A tired dog is a well behaved dog.
- Create an insulated spot for you dog to stay in before the festivities. A central location in the house away from windows is best. Play some music in the room also to help buffer the booms.
- Do not appear stressed or reactive! Your dog is watching you for guidance. Send the “it’s all good” vibe to your dog
At Green Valley Veterinary Care we have a wonderful medication called Sileo. It is a medication to help calm your dog when frightened by loud noises. It is fast acting an calms without sedation. Make an appointment before the festivities so you are prepared!