The 4th of July brings cookouts, ice cream cones and fireworks! Great fun for us but not always for our pets. At least one in three dogs suffer from noise aversion. Does your dog react to loud noises (fireworks, thunder, construction noise or street noise) with any of the following behaviors?
- Trembling or shaking
- Pacing or restlessness
- Lip licking
- Refuses to eat
- Excessive vigilance/hypervigilance
- Vocalizing (whining or barking at the sounds)
- Brow furrowed and ears back
- Owner seeking behavior and abnormal clinginess
- Freezing or immobility
The good news is we can help our dogs get used to loud noises, like fireworks.
1. Desensitize your pet to loud and scary noises. Here are some tips on what you can do to help your dog enjoy the holiday too!
2. Use a Thundershirt. The Thundershirt maintains pressure around the core of the body (similar to swaddling an infant) to reduce stress and anxiety.
3. Calm your dog during noisy events with the first and only FDA-approved treatment for noise aversion in dogs, Sileo. It's specifically made to calm dogs during noise events without sedating them, so you can still enjoy quality time with your best friend.
If you see your dog exhibiting one of the behaviors above, ask us how we can help treat your dog's noise aversion so that your entire family can enjoy the 4th of July!