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4 Tips to Calm Your Dog’s 4th of July Anxiety

tips to calm your dog's 4th of july anxiety
As we look forward to food, fireworks and festivities, it’s important to remember that not everyone is a fan of the 4th of July. Did you know over 70% of dogs suffer from anxiety?
Factors like loud music, fireworks, crowds or being left at home alone while you go out to celebrate can amplify anxiety in dogs, especially those with crowd or noise anxiety. In advance of the holiday, we’ve partnered with PRN Pharmacal to pull together some anti-anxiety tips for you and your precious pup!

Why are dogs scared of fireworks?

Dogs have much more keen senses than we do, so if you think fireworks are loud, it’s even more intense for them! Loud, startling noises trigger their nervous system and their natural instincts kick in to warn them of danger. It’s even more stressful for your furry friend when they hear a loud boom in the sky and don’t know where it’s coming from. The same goes for large crowds or loud music that often come with holidays like the 4th of July.

Top anti-anxiety tips to help your dog through fireworks and festivities

If your dog has noise anxiety, they may bark or try to run away when startled by a loud sound. They may also show other signs of anxiety like shaking, panting, pacing or whining. So how can you help?

1. Make sure they get their exercise

A tired dog is a more relaxed dog, so it’s a good idea to take your dog out well in advance of any 4th of July festivities. Whether it’s a long hike or walk, playing fetch at the park or something else your dog loves to do, tiring out your pup with some fun can help reduce anxiety later on.

2. Create a safe space

Whether you’ll be home with them or away, creating a safe space for your dog can help reduce their firework anxiety. You can drape a blanket over their kennel, leave a dog bed and a lot of comfy blankets for them to burrow under, or make sure they have their favorite toys around. And if you’re heading out for the evening, you may want to consider finding someone your dog knows and trusts to keep them company.

3. Drown out loud sounds with white noise

Closing the curtains and leaving the radio or TV on can help calm a dog during fireworks. If your fan or air conditioner makes noise, you can also keep it on. White noise can help drown out any loud, booming fireworks and help your pup feel more relaxed.

4. Talk to your veterinarian about dog anti-anxiety medications

If your dog’s anxiety is severe, it may be a good idea to talk to your veterinarian about medication options. From Trazodone and Gabapentin, to calming treats and thunder shirts, there are many anti-anxiety meds or products your veterinarian may suggest.

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Whether your veterinarian suggests compounded or commercial medications or anxiety supplements, Mixlab can help! With free next-day delivery on all new orders and 5-star customer service, we help make sure you get your pet’s meds quickly, with a smile on our face.