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Pets and Fireworks

When it comes to the Fourth of July, fireworks can be great fun for people but frightening for pets. The sound and vibration patterns of fireworks is similar to thunderstorms and can cause many dogs, and some cats, to experience anxiety; veterinarians call this thunderstorm phobia. Local Veterinarian, Dr. Eric Mueller, Mt Paran Animal Hospital has provided the following advice to help your fur babies this 4th of July!

Bring your pet inside if possible to allow them a safe place to hide and feel comfortable. The severity of the sound of the fireworks will be significantly less indoor.

Avoid walking dogs in the vicinity of the fireworks if they have noise aversions.

'Thundershirts' are sometimes very effective and fairly inexpensive at making dogs feel safer during the fireworks. These can be found at common pet stores and on-line

Benadryl is a safe medication that is slightly sedating and can take the edge off in some situations for dogs with noise aversions. Always consult with your veterinarian about dosage and frequency. A good standard oral dose is your dog's body weight in milligrams every 8 to 12 hours. For example a 50lb dog would get 50mg orally and a 100lb dog would get 100mg orally and this can be given every 8 to 12 hours (2 to 3 times a day).

For some dogs and cats with more severe noise aversions, there are stronger sedatives/ medications available. Always consult with your veterinarian about what options are best for your pet.

No one knows your pet like you do, start planning early as we prepare to celebrate the birth of this great country!