How to prepare your dog for July 4th fireworks
Jun 24th, 2012 by Autumn Sunshine
As a pet owner, I truly dread how my 2 cats get so afraid of the noise of fireworks.
I know people that have dogs have the same horrible issues. I have a friend who has two dogs and they are really, really terrified of the noise, too. I wonder if anti-anxiety medication is the answer? I live very close to where the fireworks are set off, which makes it bad. Last year it was so bad that it shook the house and things fell off one shelf. Now to me, that is not fun, not for me or the cats.
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Q: My 5-year-old male chow is a loving and happy boy, but I dread every Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve. For some reason, the popping of firecrackers terrifies him. The first time this happened was two years ago when he hid under the computer desk and would not come out. I feel for him! What can I do to calm him as July 4th is just around the corner?— Karin from Las Vegas
Unfortunately, this is not at all uncommon; it’s a difficult time of year for these poor dogs. I would suggest that you contact your vet and ask whether he is a candidate for Xanax, a fast-acting anti-anxiety medication that is often used to treat dogs who suffer from thunderstorm and fireworks phobias.
Anyone else have this Problem
I’m hoping to get some other answers as to how to handle this “fireworks issue”. I wonder if the answer is the medication? I think it’s so scary for the cats and dogs that it may be worth a try. I’m asking my vet, I think. I really believe though, from what I’ve heard from friends that have dogs that they are affected far worse.
Does anyone have any ideas or advice? I would sure love to hear it. In the meantime, please don’t forget your pets during the fireworks!!