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Ways to Help Fido Cope With Fireworks
July 1, 2021

The Fourth is just a few days off. While a lot of us are looking forward to celebrating America’s birthday with friends and family, it’s also important to remember that this can be a very dangerous holiday for dogs. Many of our canine buddies are absolutely terrified of fireworks! Here, a local vet lists some ways to help your pup cope.

Early Workout

Fido is always calmer after he’s burned off some of his excess zoomies. Before it gets dark, take your pooch for a long walk. A vigorous play session will also help wear him out.


Our furry friends all have unique personalities, and some are just naturally jumpier than others. If Fido is generally high strung, you may want to try desensitizing him to loud noises. Get a CD or stream something with a thunderstorm or loud noises. Play it at a low volume at first, and then gradually increase it. (This process may take several days, weeks, or even months.) 

Pet-Calming Products

Another thing you might want to consider is getting some pet-calming pheromones. There are several different products you can choose from, such as treats, collars, and sprays. Ask your vet for more information on these.

Calming Shirt

If your furry pal is extremely scared of loud noises, he may benefit from a snug shirt. These are sort of the doggy equivalent of weighted blankets. Of course, not all dogs love them, so you’ll need to watch how your pup reacts.

Background Noise

When you bring your four-legged buddy inside, turn on a radio or TV. This will help mask the noise of the fireworks. Plus, the background noise can help calm him. 

Crate Time

When used properly, crates can be very helpful. The key is to make sure that Fido thinks of his crate as a comfy, cozy den, and not a jail cell. If your canine pal likes his crate, he may feel safer inside it. Make sure he has comfy bedding. Offering him a yummy treat or a puzzle toy will also help keep him occupied.


You don’t want to go overboard here; showering Fido with attention when he’s scared could inadvertently reward him for acting anxious. That said, if your pup seems really frightened, petting him and talking to him a bit can help soothe him.

Happy Fourth! Contact us, your local veterinary clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!

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