We love to celebrate the summer holiday. but pets aren’t always on board. It’s a known fact that your furry friends get extra freaked during the festivities. A 2013 study by the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences found that fireworks were the most common trigger for fearful behavior in dogs. Here are five tips on how to keep your pet calm during the holiday.
1. Stay Indoors
On firework-heavy days, it helps to keep your animal indoors. Experts also suggest using radio or television to help distract from the action going on outdoors. Better yet, consider leaving town to find a quieter spot or find a pet sitter who lives in a more rural or remote area.
2. Consult your vet about medications
There are many options that may help to cure your pet’s firework fear, including over-the-counter supplement melatonin, or pheromones, which are available via a spray, diffuser or a collar.
Andrea Kasprzak is a writer. She's fascinated by the imagination, folklore and fantasy, the healing power of art, and finding magic in the mundane. Her playbook, Imagination Transforms Everything, is forthcoming this spring from Seal Press/Hachette Book Group.