Many pets exhibit signs of anxiety to loud noises like July 4th fireworks as well as thunder and lightning storms. Some dogs and cats scratch and whimper, some run uncontrollably and will want to bolt out of the house. It’s pretty much a panic attack and if you’ve ever experienced one, you’ll know that they are frightening to go through.
Some pets don’t experience noise aversion and may sleep through a storm or fireworks but for those that do, try to make them feel comfortable and safe by keeping things as normal as possible. Remember your pet’s hearing is much more sensitive than your own. Dogs can hear five times more acutely than humans, and cats twice that of dogs. Dogs and Cats can hear sounds as soft as a whisper that we’ll never hear. This explains why dogs and cats are so scared by the sound of fireworks that can be miles away.
Help Your Pet During Noisy Times
- Find out when Fireworks in your local area Are scheduled so you’re prepared for unusual behavior
- Keep your Pets Inside
- Warnings have recently gone out as well by local Police departments about stray tennis balls being stuffed with fireworks and left for dogs to find them. So keep an eye out for anything unusual.
- Increase the volume on TV or radio to mask outdoor events (but not too loud)
- While walking your dog- Keep Him On-leash to keep him from bolting away in fear
- Cuddle your pet
- Crate your pet to keep them out of danger
- Try a ThunderShirt (it provides gentle pressure which soothes and calms your pet)
- Keep things as normal as possible