Happy Canada Day! While many of us are really looking forward to celebrating our beautiful country, it’s also important to remember that this can be a very dangerous holiday for our canine companions. Many dogs are absolutely terrified of fireworks! Here, a local vet lists some ways to help Fido cope.
If your four-legged 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 pups love them, so you’ll need to watch how your dog reacts.
When used properly, crates can be very helpful. However, you’ll need to make sure that Fido thinks of his crate as a comfy, cozy den, and not a jail cell. If your pooch 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 too much attention when he’s scared could inadvertently reward him for acting nervous. That said, if your pup seems frightened, petting him and talking to him can help comfort him.
When you bring Fido inside, turn on a radio or TV. This will help mask the noise of the fireworks. Plus, the background noise can help calm him as well.
Man’s Best Bud is always a bit calmer after he’s burned off some of his excess zoomies. Before it gets dark, take Fido for a long walk. A vigorous play session will also help wear him out.
Another thing you may want to consider is getting your pooch some pet-calming pheromones. There are different products you can choose from, such as collars, treats, and sprays. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Dogs all have unique personalities, and some are just naturally jumpier than others. If your canine pal is generally high strung, you may want to try desensitizing him to loud noises. Get a CD or app that has a thunderstorm or loud noise soundtrack, and play it for the pup. Start at a low volume, and then gradually increase it. This process may take several days, weeks, or even months, but it really can help.
Enjoy your holiday! Contact us, your local veterinary clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!