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How to Help Your Pet Manage Anxiety
Whether your pet's anxiety is caused by fireworks or other events and issues, there are a few things you can do to make your furry friend more comfortable, including:
Desensitization. Play a recording of fireworks or other loud sounds that scare your pet for a few seconds. Reward your dog or cat with a treat after you turn off the recording. Gradually increase the amount of time that you play the sounds to help your pet adjust to loud noises.
Socialization. Expose puppies and kittens to a variety of situations when they are young to help reduce phobias and anxiety.
Medication. Talk to your pet's veterinarian about medications that will help calm your pet.
Fireworks are the perfect ending to any summer celebration, but while you are oohing and aahing as the night sky lights up, your dog or cat may be cowering in fear. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep your furry friend safe, calm and happy during a fireworks show.
Why Are Fireworks So Scary?
Imagine how startled you would be if you suddenly heard loud booms and saw bright lights but had no idea what caused them. Although your family may eagerly anticipate fireworks every year, your pet has no idea that your usually peaceful home will soon be disrupted by loud, frightening noises.
Avoiding Firework Dangers
Because your pet has no idea what causes those terrifying sounds, he or she may try to escape from your house in an effort to get away from the noise. Unfortunately, your pet can become injured by jumping through a window and may even run out into the street and be hit by a car. You can keep your pet safe by following these tips when it's time for the local fireworks display.
If your pet is afraid of fireworks or suffers from any other type of anxiety, we can help. Call us to schedule an appointment to discuss your furry friend's fears.
The Humane Society of the United States: July Fourth Fireworks: Awesome for Humans, Terrifying for Pets
ASPCA: Fourth of July Safety Tips
American Veterinary Medical Association: Fourth of July Safety
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