Posted by Lora Shaw on June 17, 2015
The Fourth of July is a holiday that almost every American anticipates each year. The gathering of family and friends at barbecues and pool parties and attending the fireworks displays are just a few of the enjoyable moments during that festive time. But have you ever given thought to our furry friends who might not feel the same way we do about the festivities, specifically the fireworks?
For many pet owners, they realize that their dogs and fireworks just do not mix. Put simply, we call that “dog fireworks anxiety.”
Dog Fireworks Anxiety is the feeling of fear and nervousness that a dog experiences during a firework show. It is the same kind of anxiety that we, as humans, experience anytime we are put in an uncomfortable or stressful situation. Dogs’ heart rates increase just as ours do, and they experience a rush of adrenaline with an increase in their stress hormones throughout their body. If your dog has not been exposed to loud sounds growing up, they will have a much harder time adjusting to it as an adult dog.
Because dogs have a keen sense of hearing, they are extremely sensitive to the loud sounds of the fireworks. What makes a dog even more anxious is that it is unexpected. We know fireworks are to be expected around the Fourth of July, but will not be prepared for it. Therefore, it is important to know some dog fireworks tips to keep your pup safe and comfortable during the loud booms of the Fourth.
As fun as the fireworks can be for all of us, it is not always the same for dogs. It is important that you know if your dog is anxious or scared of the fireworks, and if so, keep them at home. You want the very best for your furry friend, and looking out for their best interest is the best thing you can do as a dog owner.
About the author
Lora Shaw is currently the Vice President of Operations at Pet Palace.