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Pet Tip: Loud Noises and Your Pet
Whether it’s the Fourth of July, New Year’s, or a backyard celebration, pet owners must remember that the explosions and flashes from fireworks, as well as loud party noises can stress your pet and negatively affect their behavior. Preparation will help keep your pets safe and sound during these celebrations. It is important to keep your pets indoors and away from crowds during a fireworks display to avoid any incidents with other pets or people. If outside, dogs can become frightened and run away. Here are some tips on helping your pet deal with these noisy festivities:
Their ears are far more sensitive than ours, so help them by drowning out the noise. This includes making sure all windows, screens and doors are closed tightly. Find a quiet, comfortable area for your pet indoors and turn on the TV or radio to help reduce the ability for him to hear the fireworks – Dr. Bright recommends the “Celestial Sounds” YouTube channel or the “SimplyNoise” app, or other white noise machines.
Before the big night, exercise your pet – take your dog to the park, and use feather wands or lasers with your cat. Hopefully once the festivities begin, they will be too tired to be stressed by it.
Try giving your dog or cat food and toy puzzles to play with to help distract them from the noises and keep their mind occupied.
Even if your dog does not have a history of fear over fireworks or loud sounds, do not be complacent if they are outside with you. Make absolutely SURE they cannot get out of their harness or collar should they panic. Further, make sure their ID info is up to date as well. A panic attack can happen suddenly in a pet’s life, even when it has not happened in the past. Sadly, many dogs become lost after running away from loud noises like fireworks.
Sometimes, it is in the best interest of the pet to pair the above behavioral modifications with an anti-anxiety medication regimen that your veterinarian can work with you to create for your pet’s individual needs.