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How to Help Your Pooch Cope With Fireworks

July 1 2021

July 4th is only a few days away. We’re all looking forward to America’s birthday celebration. But, amongst all of the fun, it’s important to remember your canine companions on this dangerous holiday. Many dogs are completely spooked by fireworks! Read more for veterinary advice to help your four-legged friend cope.

Early Workout

After Fido burns off his zoomies, he always seems to be a bit calmer. Take your pooch for a long walk before nighttime. You can also have a brisk play session to help him ease anxiety.

Calming Shirt

Snug shirts may have a calming effect on your pet, even if he’s extremely scared of loud noises. These shirts are like doggie weighted blankets. Like anything, not all pups fall in love with them. Watch how Fido reacts to be sure it’s offering comfort rather than chaos.

Crate Time

Crates are helpful when used properly. It’s important to make sure Fido sees his crate as a comfy, cozy den, and not like he’s being sentenced to jail. If your furry buddy likes his crate, it may be because he feels safer inside it. Put some comfy bedding like a pillow or blanket in the crate. Giving him a special treat or a puzzle toy will help keep him busy.


With cuddling, you don’t want to overdo it. Showering your furry friend with attention when he’s scared can consequently reward him for being nervous. However, if your dog seems scared, petting and talking to him a bit can help calm him.

Pet-Calming Products

Another thing you may want to consider is getting some pet-calming products like pheromones. There are different products available, such as collars, treats, and sprays. Ask your veterinarian for more information.

Background Noise

Keeping your dog inside, turn on the TV or radio. This will help hide the sound of bursting fireworks while calming your furry friend.


With their unique personalities, some of our canine pals are naturally more anxious than others. Desensitizing your dog to loud noises is also a good choice for jumpy pooches. To desensitize your dog, play some audio (cd, stream, etc.) of thunderstorms or loud noises. First, play it at a low volume, and then increase it little by little. (This could take several days, weeks, or months.)

Happy Fourth of July! Contact your vet in Fox Lake, IL with concerns. We can help ease Fido’s anxiety!