For many, summer is the best time of year, but for our pets, summer is filled with many stressful events. Fireworks, parties, and thunderstorms can all leave your pet a quaking, fearful mess. Even worse, it can lead to attempted pet escapes or result in destructive behavior.

While exposure to some loud noise is inevitable, pet owners can do a lot to help ease pet anxiety. Keep reading to discover some of our best tips for alleviating pet anxiety this summer.

Things that Go Boom: Fireworks and Thunderstorms

If you’re planning on taking in a fireworks show, leave your pet at home or at a trusted boarding facility.

Try the following techniques to keep your pet calm during large gatherings and thunderstorms or if you live somewhere fireworks are unavoidable:

  • Prepare a safe, quiet place for your pet where they can hide out. A mudroom, laundry room, or bedroom can be ideal spots.
  • Make sure your pet has access to their bed, food, water, and toys at all times.
  • If you’ll be at home, comfort your pet and provide lots of praise and reassurance.
  • Mask loud noises with a white noise machine, tv, or radio.
  • Distract your pet with treats, games, and toys.
  • Many pet owners find that using a pressure-based anxiety reduction product helps manage pet anxiety during these events. We carry the Thundershirt. Give us a call for more information.
  • If your pet has had a hard time during fireworks in the past, talk to us about prescription medications, natural options, and the new product from Purina called Calming Care.

Behavior therapy can also be an effective method to desensitize your pet and reduce anxiety. If you’d like more information, please give us a call. Depending on your dog’s needs, we can refer you to a certified professional dog trainer or a veterinary behaviorist.

Fireworks Safety 101

Before the fireworks season gets underway, there are a number of things you can do to help prepare your pet:

  • Walk your property and check the fence line. If your neighbors set off fireworks unexpectedly, is your property secure enough to keep your pet contained?
  • Make sure your pet wears a collar and ID tags with your current contact information.
  • If your pet is not yet microchipped, now may be a good time to consider the procedure. A microchip is the best chance you have of finding your pet should they become lost.
  • Ensure your pet’s microchip is registered with your current information.
  • Take a current photo of your pet with all markings visible in the event your pet goes missing.  
  • After the fun, don’t forget to check your yard for spent fireworks canisters and other debris so your pet doesn’t ingest anything harmful.  

Reducing Pet Anxiety

Whether you’re traveling to a fireworks show or holding your own celebration, there are many things we can do to help manage pet anxiety this time of year.

Take precautions to keep your pet safe and comfortable during the festivities. Please don’t hesitate to contact the team at Bayshore Animal Hospital & Avian Practice with any questions or concerns.