How do I keep my dog/cat calm during fireworks?
With the Fourth of July about a week away, a lot of us are gearing up to catch a fireworks show or two. However, not everyone in the family is going to reach that level of excitement. Across the country, animal shelters and rescue organizations get really busy this time of year because our furry, four-legged friends are scared of the booms and run away. If you’re wondering, ‘How do I keep my dog/cat calm during fireworks’ a few members of the Bert Ogden Mazda in Edinburg team got together to share some of their best tips and tricks. Hopefully, this will allow everyone to have a pleasant time during the holiday weekend.
Tips for avoiding pet anxiety
Find a hideout — Most pets will have already staked out an area of the house that they like to be when things are just too much. During a fireworks show, stock that area with some extra blankets, toys or even some treats. Small things will go a long way toward keeping everyone calm.
Be prepared — There are several things you can do around the house to get ready for a sudden jump in anxiety. Sounds can be muffled by closing shades and curtains. Also, turn on a few extra lights to make sure everybody can see as well as possible. Other experts have suggested turning on the TV or stereo to a comfortable volume for a little extra distraction.
More hugs — If you’re going to be home during the fireworks, don’t be afraid to comfort your pets with some extra hugs and some soothing pets. This might also be a good time to invest in a weighted vest. In the event these things haven’t worked in the past, talk to your vet for a little extra help.
Are you ready for next year?
Animal experts have also suggested that you can desensitize pets by exposing them to new and different environments. Taking them to various pet-friendly venues could really make a big difference in reducing anxiety by introducing them to new things.
Everyone at Bert Ogden Mazda Edinburg wants to wish everyone a Happy Fourth of July. If there is something we can do to make your next vehicle purchase or service appointment easier, make an appointment with a product expert today.