How to Comfort Your Pets During Fireworks

Some dogs aren’t bothered by the sound of fireworks exploding in the sky, but others are downright terrified. If your dog falls into the latter category, consider the following tips to provide comfort and safety during fireworks (and thunderstorms).

6 Tips to Comfort Your Dog During Fireworks

1. Desensitize
Work on desensitizing your dog to the sound of fireworks by putting on a video of a fireworks display. While your dog listens to the explosions on the television or computer, provide plenty of treats and lots of play. They’ll begin to associate the sound with positive things.
2. Provide a Safe Space
Let your dog hide in a room with toys and a bed or a comfy crate of his own during fireworks. Choose the space in your home that is best insulated from the noise like a basement or room with heavy curtains and turn on the television or radio to help drown out the sound.
3. Provide Distractions
Although some dogs will be too stressed to eat, you can try to distract yours with a puzzle toy or a Kong filled with wet food (like peanut butter) and frozen.
4. Exercise
Take your dog out for a long walk or run in the morning while the pavement’s still cool and the skies are quiet. Exercise helps dogs feel calmer and happier. Wearing your dog out before the fireworks will help him feel less anxious when they begin.
5. Get Microchipped and Update ID Tags
This tip is more about keeping you calm rather than your pets, but it will increase the chances that your pets are returned to you should they run away and become lost out of fear.
Make sure your pet’s ID tags are readable and have current information. Additionally, have your pet microchipped. Microchips are a completely safe form of permanent identification for pets that greatly increase the chances of reunion when a pet is lost. We recommend microchipping all pets.
6. Try Out a Thundershirt
A Thundershirt is a tight-fitting vest that wraps around a dog like a hug, providing comfort and alleviating anxiety. They can help calm pets during fireworks, thunderstorms, and even pets who suffer separation anxiety.

Schedule an Anti-Anxiety Appointment With Our Houston Veterinarians

If your dog experiences extreme anxiety during fireworks or thunderstorms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians. We can prescribe your pet an anti-anxiety medication or recommend an over-the-counter supplement. To learn more, contact TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic today.