Fireworks are pretty to look at, but not all pets appreciate the booms that go along with them! Eighty percent of pet owners have had a pet who was afraid of fireworks. While it’s not always possible to completely block out the sounds that go along with certain holidays, there are steps you can take to make the night a little less stressful for everyone at home.
1. Know the timeframes for fireworks. Check the TV or local paper to find out which night the big shows are scheduled for in your neck of the woods (if any take place near your home) or when individuals may be allowed to shoot off fireworks on their own. This will give you an idea of how to plan for your pet.
2. Removing your pet from the sounds of fireworks to someplace quieter can be the best stress-free option for everyone.
3. Expose your pet to ambient sounds. Turn on TVs, radios or fans and run the air-conditioner. Close curtains and windows to muffle the noise from outdoors and make your home feel safer and cozier for your pet.
4. Prep your home. Keep some lights on to calm your pet and make him feel more secure. Find the most cozy, shut-in room you have and set your pet up there for the evening. Provide food and water and anything that makes your pet feel safer, such as favorite toys or blankets. Join your pet for a night in if you like! Having you near will help keep your pet calm, but be careful not to fuel any fears unnecessarily.
5. Try aromatherapy. The smell of lavender is calming; consider using some lavender scented items in the room to help calm your pet. Just make sure that anything you use is out of his reach.
6. Ask us for help. There are many products on the market that are designed to help pets feel safer and deal with noise phobias. We can help you decide if any of the available options may be beneficial for your pet. Sedation is also an option. While some people are absolutely anti-sedation, there are times when it’s for the best. We can help you know when that time is and properly prepare you for what to expect with a sedated (or semi-sedated) pet.
It doesn’t have to be a stressful night, simply plan ahead and prepare to keep everyone calm all night long.