Whether it’s Independence Day, New Year’s Eve, or a “just because” explosive ceremony, fireworks can cause some serious anxiety for your pooch.
It’s not uncommon for dogs to pace, shake, try to escape, or exhibit other signs of stress in response to fireworks. This can make for a stressful experience for humans, too! It’s no fun watching your best friend suffer.
Depending on how your pet reacts to firework sounds, there are several different methods for managing the anxiety. While there are prescription medications that can sedate your pet so it sleeps through the pyrotechnics, there are also natural methods that can bring them calming relief.
We’ve rounded up the best tips based on research and pet owner experience to bring you three non-Rx med ways to calm your dog during fireworks.
Sensitivity to sounds in dogs is sometimes called noise anxiety or noise aversion. But the fact is that loud explosions can be alarming to dogs because they’re simply — well — alarming!
Dogs have around four times the hearing sensitivity of humans.(1) So, when dogs react to firecracker noise, they’re not being dramatic. Their super-hearing abilities tell their instincts “something is very, very wrong.”
If your pup is struggling with firework anxiety, know that it’s perfectly normal. That said, your dog doesn’t have to be chomping at the bit until the grand finale — and neither do you. There are several methods to bring your dog firework anxiety relief.
The first step to addressing your dog’s firework anxiety is identifying howit responds to fireworks, so you can be prepared. Here are common symptoms of dog firework anxiety:
If your dog is exhibiting these signs or other out of sorts behavior around loud noises and fireworks, it’s likely not a behavioral issue, but a normal instinctual response. After all, it’s pretty odd that we send explosives into the air. It’s up to you as the pup parent to help your canine stay safe and calm — so let’s fetch some solutions!
Attempting to escape is common behavior for dogs under stress.
Reports of lost pets increase 30-60% between July 4th and July 6th across the US. Sadly, of all lost pets, only 14% are returned to their owners.(2) Moving vehicles, fireworks, other animals, and other factors put a dog on the run in imminent danger.
It may be tempting to leave your dog at home while you join the festivities. But if your pet reacts to stress by trying to escape, the safest choice is to stay home with it.
While you’re home, follow your normal routine to help your dog feel comfortable. Experts also recommend that you:
Dogs don’t only react to loud noises. They also respond to everyday sounds and music.
A study in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior found that classical music helped to reduce stress in dogs.(3) But, if symphonies, concertos, and sonatas aren’t your jam — shelters have reported that dogs like soft rock and reggae, too!(4)
Dogs can become acclimated to noise, so switch up your canine playlist if your current tunes aren’t yielding positive results.
Turning on some pooch-approved tunes or ambient noise is an easy and natural way to help any pet cope with anxiety.
Many people use CBD oil to successfully manage their stress and anxiety.(5) Pet owners are turning to it for the same reason. Whether your dog has mild or more noticeable anxiety symptoms, a dose of CBD just might do the trick! (One that’s more useful than rolling over and begging for sure.)
Using CBD oil to calm your dog is simple. You can add CBD tincture to its water bowl or food, or squirt some drops directly into your dog’s mouth.
Try to get the CBD into your pooch’s system at least 20 minutes before fireworks begin. Since CBD can take longer to work in people and pets, you can start incorporating it days or weeks before the event.
If CBD oil is new to you, there’s a wealth of information about the topic in our CBD for Pets blog category. But, we’re not ones to lead you astray, so we’ll lay out the basics here:
CBD oil can be an effective nature-made solution for pet anxiety. Once you find the right product, you can turn to it whenever your dog needs a dose of calm.
There are loads of CBD products for pets out there, so you’ll want to do some digging before you commit to a product. To ensure you’re only giving your pet the best, look for a CBD product that’s:
We went to great lengths to check all these boxes at Pure Craft. Our Nano CBD Water Soluble For Pets tincture is made with organically-grown hemp and MCT oil — that’s it. Plus, we use MIT-researched nanotechnology to make a fast-acting, water-soluble CBD oil.
Now that you have a natural dog firework anxiety toolkit to draw from, you can fully prepare for whatever the Fourth of July — and other explosive holidays — launch your way. Perhaps without needing prescription doggie drugs.
As an added bonus, creating a chill environment in your home and helping your pet de-stress with CBD can be a treat for you, too. It can even be a bonding experience.
Rather than having FOMO about missing the party, you can make new memories and traditions with your dog. It just might be your new favorite way to make sure your holiday goes off with a bang.
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