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Preparing your anxious dog for the fireworks in July

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Canada Day and Independence Day are quickly approaching. And with these holidays, some fireworks and other loud noises from the festivities can be expected. Some dogs are desensitized and completely fine with loud noises, like fireworks and thunderstorms. Hunting dogs, for example, are used to the sounds and smells of rifles and gun powder. Most dogs aren’t used to these things though, and in the US more dogs run away on the fourth of July than on any other day.

Here are some tips to help your July get off to a calm start.

Keep Your Anxious Dog in a Safe Space

If you know that the fireworks will stress your dog out, keep them in a quiet and secure space while you enjoy the festivities. It can be tempting to bring your furry friend to the outdoor BBQ you plan to attend. But if that means loud firework displays then it’s probably best they stay at home. If you will be travelling out of town with your dog, make sure they get comfortable and familiar with their surroundings well before the festivities start. You might try keeping your dog in a crate to keep them feeling safe and secure. And if your dog will be outside, make sure that they are either tied securely or that they won’t be able to escape the fence if they get spooked.

Try a ThunderShirt Dog Anxiety Jacket

A ThunderShirt Dog Anxiety Jacket is a natural calming solution for dogs with anxiety and fear issues. How does it work? The ThunderShirt is a snug jacket that targets various pressure points on your dog. It is designed to provide constant and gentle pressure to your dog’s body, creating a calming effect. The ThunderShirt is recommended for dogs with separation anxiety, fear of thunder and fireworks, travel stress, and more.

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Anxiety Medication, Sedation, or Natural Remedies for Dogs?

If your dog is extremely afraid of loud noises then you might be considering medication or sedation. If you do find it necessary, be sure that your dog is in a calm state first. If your dog is already excited and anxious, their mental state will overrule the medication.

Your vet might be able to prescribe you medication or a sedative for your anxious dog. But at NaturPet, we always prefer the natural route.

Calming Herbs for Dogs with Anxiety

Valerian is an herbal sedative that is commonly used for anxiety, depression, and insomnia in humans. It provides the same great benefits to dogs.

Skullcap is a natural sedative which calms the nervous system. It is excellent for treating anxiety and restlessness in dogs.

Lobelia is the strongest relaxant herb in the plant kingdom. It reduces tension, slows and strengthens the heartbeat, and calms and deepens breathing.

NaturPet Home Alone contains Valerian, Skullcap, Lobelia, and even more calming herbs. Get 20% off Home Alone with coupon code STAYCALM.

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Amber Bahm
Amber Bahm
Amber came from a small town in Saskatchewan where she grew up with horses, a cat, and her dog Willow. When she moved out West to Kelowna she brought Willow along and has since adopted a rescue dog from Mexico named Chica. Amber combines her love for animals with her knowledge of design, computers, and technology while working at NaturPet.

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