Ways to Keep Pets Anxiety Free During Fireworks

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- If you’re a pet lover, there are some things to keep in mind during the holiday weekend.

Experts say the Fourth of July can cause a lot of anxiety for your animals because of fireworks.

Pets are not typically used to the loud noises and flashing lights, but there are some precautions you can take to help keep your pets calm.

Tim Childers owns Petiquette Canine Charm School and Salon. He says one of the best ways to keep a dog calm is by the owner itself spending time with the dog.

If that’s not an option during fireworks, he says there are organic foods available that will help calm your pet, as well as natural smells like lavender.

Childers says keeping your pet in an enclosed room without windows, like a bathroom, or a room in the middle of the house, will help keep the noise down and flashes unseen.

He added that turning on a television or music will help relax your pet.

Childers says there are products available that your dog can wear, giving them the impression that they are being held. He says these are commonly used for dogs afraid of thunderstorms, but will help during fireworks.

“They’re a tight-fitting, form-fitting shirt,” Childers said. “It envelopes them, and it's supposed to feel really like a hug.”

In more extreme cases, there are medicines available.

“There is a remedy called a rescue remedy, which is designed exactly for that,” Childers said. “It’s for dogs in high-stress situations, and it just naturally calms them down.”

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