Keeping Your Pet Calm During Fireworks

Dog laying on the floor inside.

While we may not be able to gather with our friends and family to enjoy a fireworks display during the upcoming long weekend, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared in case any do go off! Depending on where you live, it’s important to do your best to keep your furry friend calm and comfortable should any of your neighbours set off fireworks this long weekend.    

Leave Your Pet Indoors 

While it may be tempting to bring your beloved companion in the yard with you if you happen to have a view of some fireworks, the safest thing you can do is to leave them in the house. Although you will likely enjoy the display, many pets will feel scared and uncomfortable and may end up acting out of character. The last thing you want when trying to relax on your long weekend is your fur baby getting spooked and somehow escaping from the yard and running off! If your pet is severely scared of loud noises and there is no one else at your home who can be inside with them, consider skipping the display and keeping them company indoors instead. 

Distraction 

It may not be possible if your pet is extremely scared or anxious, but it never hurts to try to distract them while the fireworks are booming outside! Try enticing them to play with their favourite toy, put on a movie or television show, or create a playlist with some calming music to distract them from the loud noises outside. Be sure to also close the windows and draw the blinds so they aren’t startled by any bright flashes of light. If your pet is willing, keeping them in their crate can provide an enhanced sense of comfort and security while the fireworks are going off.    

Calming Products 

Luckily, there are a variety of products available that are specially designed to help calm pets during stressful situations like fireworks. 

  • Thundershirts

By producing a gentle, constant pressure when worn, Thundershirts offer a dramatic calming effect which helps to relieve anxiety in most cats and dogs. It is recommended to simply put the Thundershirt on your furry friend and observe the results. With no training necessary, you may see improvements in your pet for noise and a number of other anxiety issues.

  • Diffusers and Balms

In stressful or anxiety-inducing situations our pet’s nerves get over-stimulated which results in many different signs of distress, something that diffusers can help with. Working alongside the brain’s neurotransmitters, the special blend of essential oils released by the Pet Remedy Calming Diffuser helps calm the nerves of anxious or stressed pets. Simply plug in the diffuser and let the destressing properties slowly release into the surrounding area. 

Pet balms, such as the Espree Lavender Calming Balm, can also be used to reduce stress and anxiety your pet experiences during fireworks. With a light scent of lavender, this balm helps calm anxiety and is formulated with renewable and sustainable botanical, vegetable and mineral resources. 

  • Calming Supplements

A homeopathic remedy, HomeoPet Fireworks+ is a non-sedating, fast-acting liquid that can provide your four-legged family member with temporary relief from the fear caused by fireworks.   

Available in chews and oil, True Leaf Calming Support is a unique formula made with hemp and other active ingredients that can aid in reducing your furry friend’s stress during fireworks.

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