6 Ways to Protect Fido from Booms in the Sky
Ears back. Body shakes. Hiding in the bathtub or crawling under the bed. These are telltale signs of a scared pup freaked out by fireworks. Our ER vets at The PARC know better than anyone that noise phobia is a real thing that can cause pets to panic and hurt themselves in the process.
Here are 6 tips to keep Fido safe during the July 4th holiday.
- Understand how sensitive a dog’s ears are. They hear more frequencies than we do – higher and lower – and can hear sounds roughly four times further away. Find a comfortable quiet place for them to be. Turn on the TV or play music to reduce the ability for them to hear the booms.
- Avoid fireworks altogether. This is a good holiday to celebrate without Fido. Keep him home and indoors.
- If your pet is crate trained, keep him confined in his “safe place.” Crates can save a pet from harm if they start to panic.
- Try a Thundershirt -- a weighted, vest-like garment that swaddles your dog like a newborn baby and makes them feel safe. It's recommended by vets, trainers and pet owners alike, and uses a patented design to apply gentle, constant pressure to calm anxiety, fear and over excitement.
- Sometimes no matter how much you prepare, your dog may still get so terrified that he finds a way out. Microchips and tags with your contact information will help get your pet home safely.
- Most importantly, ask your vet for help. At The PARC we have a lot of pet patients who are freaked out by loud sounds. We have had amazing success with anti-anxiety medications that are highly effective and safe, including a medication that calms dogs who suffer specifically from noise aversion.