Summer is a time of celebration. With Independence Day right around the corner, there are going to be many loud noises and bright lights from fireworks. Fireworks may be amusing for humans, but your cats and dogs may react differently to them. Some won’t be upset or disturbed by fireworks at all, while others may get hurt by panicking and trying to escape from the fireworks they are hearing and seeing.
Some signs of anxiety in your pets can involve bolting, attention-seeking, pacing, hiding, and trying to escape outside. Your pets may also drink more water when they are faced with the anxiety of fireworks, so make sure you keep a larger amount of water out for them than usual. To prevent your pet from running away or being lost, you should also bring all outside pets inside during the fireworks and make sure that all pets have an ID tag on them so that in the event they do run away they can be returned safely to you.
There are many ways you can help your pets cope with the anxiety they may get from fireworks. Some of the simplest ways would be to keep your pet in a room they feel comfortable in with the door closed or giving your pet something positive, like a treat, during fireworks so that it will associate fireworks with a reward. If that isn’t enough for your pets, you could get items such as pressure wraps, ear muffs, or calming caps to help calm them. There are even treatments such as synthetic pheromone sprays, herbal relaxants, and sedatives available at your local pet store to help keep the anxiety away from your pets. If nothing else seems to work, you can always talk to your local veterinarian about the best solution to your pet’s anxiety so that they can enjoy the holidays too!