For most people, the Fourth of July is a fun time of celebration – but not always for our furry friends. Fireworks, as well as other loud noises, can be very difficult for many dogs to handle. When some dogs hear sudden loud noises with no apparent source, combined with an acute sense of hearing it can be a difficult combination.
If your dog has difficulty during fireworks, thunderstorms, or other anxiety inducing events, they’re not alone. Below is some information on SILEO – a medication prescribed by your veterinarian to help calm your dog when frightened by loud noises (noise aversion). Common noise aversion triggers include fireworks, thunder, construction work, traffic or street noise, celebrations, vacuum cleaners and smoke detectors.
SILEO is different from other treatments and medications:
The first and only FDA-approved treatment for noise aversion in dogs—works the way you need it to.
Clinically proven to be safe and effective without other treatments or training.
A practical, fast-acting, easy-to-administer at-home treatment for noise aversion.
Use, as needed, for each noise event.
Calms without sedating, which allows your dog to interact normally with the family.
Here are a few tips for the dog owners who may be dealing with some frightened dogs over the Fourth of July fireworks, as well as a few tips to help you keep your dog calm during fireworks:
Tips to Help You Calm an Anxious Dog During Fireworks
1. Provide a Safe Space – When dogs are scared, they often want a place that feels safe to them. Typically, that is a place in a closed environment. If your dog is crate trained and likes their crate, this is a good place for them (maybe even with a blanket on top). If you have some sort of cubby, nook, or other “secure” area, this may work as well.
2. Remove Visual Stimulation – Your dog is going to be overstimulated from the storm, so try to remove other stimuli that will enhance their anxiety. Close the shades to dim the room, turn off the TV or keep it at a low volume, and dim the lights. Keep things as peaceful as you can.
3. Get Some Exercise in Early in the Day – If your dog has extra energy at night, it’s going to translate into extra anxiety and nervous energy. Lots of playing early in the day helps to get a lot of that nervous energy out, leaving your dog a little more capable of attaining a peaceful state in a stressful situation.