Celebrating the 4th of July in Saint Charles is always exciting! We want to help you keep your pets calm on the 4th because this holiday can be noisy and raucous.  Loud noises can be startling for our companions and put them in dangerous situations. Here are three great tips to help you keep your pet calm during this holiday!

  • Prepare your pet. If your pet has an opportunity to slowly become accustomed to the sounds of fireworks, the real thing on the Fourth of July won’t be as scary. Google “firework sounds for dogs” for several free options to help desensitize your pet from the loud bangs. First, play the sounds softly while your pet is doing something he enjoys, like eating or playing. Gradually increase the volume until it sounds like a true fireworks show.
  • Try products. There are many products meant to reduce anxiety and fear in pets. Some include:
    • Naturally occurring and calming pheromones (Adaptil for dogs and Feliway for cats) that can be plugged into your wall in the form of a diffuser, sprayed in your pet’s safe place, or even worn as a collar
    • Security and anti-anxiety wraps, like the Thundershirt, Storm Defender, Anxiety Wrap, and others
    • Nutritional supplements and special diets meant to reduce anxiety, promote relaxation, and maintain emotional balance (ask us what we recommend!)
    • Ear plugs for dogs, originally meant for hunting dogs who were around guns, can help muffle the noise (if you have luck keeping them in your dog’s ears)
  • Provide a safe place with distractions. Some pets might prefer to be secluded in a closed, secure area of your home, like the basement or an interior room. Close all windows, window treatments, and doors. Then, distract your pet with classical music to help lessen the sounds outside, and play games with him or give him chew toys to keep him busy.

At Gateway Veterinary Clinic, we follow the recommendations of the American Animal Hospital Association, Companion Animal Parasite Council, American Heartworm Society, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. This ensures we are recommending the most current preventative programs and recommendations for the threats found in our area.

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