Make your home safe for your pets this 4th of July

Many Arizona families are looking forward to the fireworks displays happening this Fourth of July. But our furry family members are not. Those bursts of color we find so pretty and awe-inspiring often cause terror in pets.
Unfortunately, although 83 percent of dogs have a phobia to fireworks, only 13 percent of owners actually recognize the signs their pet is suffering. The signs of stress can range from very subtle changes such as drooling, pacing, panting or just wanting to be left alone to more frantic actions such as barking, shaking, chewing, digging, scratching and inappropriate elimination.
For many pets, the trauma they feel can be so intense it feels like a panic attack. But there are things you can do to help your pet cope. 
● Create a safe haven in your home where your pet can go away from the sounds and explosions. An interior room or basement without windows is ideal.
● Play classical music to disguise the booms taking place outside
● Prior, during, and after the loud events, use Adaptil (dog appeasing pheromone) sprays, diffusers and collars to reduce fear, anxiety and stress. Those products mimic naturally occurring pheromones which send comforting and relaxing messages to your pet.
● Provide a distraction with play toys, training, food rewards, etc.
● Speak to your veterinarian about using anti-anxiety medications in conjunction with training and Adaptil to reduce your pet’s fear, anxiety and stress.
● Make sure dog tags and microchips have current contact information.
The Fourth of July is the busiest time of year for animal shelters because so many dogs run away to escape the booms and explosions. Don’t let your best friend become one of the 20 percent of dogs lost over the holiday. You can learn more tips to help at www.summernoises.com.
Todd McCracken, DVM

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