The excitement of the upcoming 4th of July holiday isn’t all that much fun for some pets. Nebraska Humane Society spokesperson Pam Wiese says some dogs have a horrible reaction to fireworks and even thunder. She says if your dog suffers from the noise medication can help them through the next few days. Wiese says don’t waste time getting your dog to a vet because many offices will be closed after today.
Wiese says there are other things you can do to help reduce their stress. She says if they feel more comfortable crawling into a closet or even into the bathtub let them. NHS also recommends putting the dog into a calm room with a chew toy or special treats. It also helps to keep a fan, TV or radio on low to help muffle the noise.
Some people say that thunder shirts or jackets work well. Wiese says, “The company says they work in about 80% of the cases but 20% of the time it doesn’t have an effect on the dog. It is similar to swaddling a baby. It is a coat that goes and works on pressure points on a dog’s torso. For some reason that helps to calm a lot of stressed dogs.”