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August 1st Fireworks: Guide to Calming Your Pets

Dear animal lovers, with Swiss National Day approaching on August 1st, we all know what that means: spectacular fireworks will light up the night sky. However, for our furry friends, these celebrations can be a source of stress and anxiety. In this article, we'll explore how to recognize if your pet is afraid of fireworks and how you can help them manage this fear.

How do you know if your pet is afraid of fireworks?

Scared dog under a border collie chair

Signs of fear or anxiety in dogs and cats can vary, but here are some common behaviors to watch for:

  • Tremors or chills
  • Hide or seek a safe place
  • Excessive meowing or barking
  • Excessive salivation
  • Restless or hyperactive behavior
  • Escape attempts
  • Tail between legs
  • Back bent and ears back
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How to help your pet deal with fear of fireworks?

dog and cat relaxation massage
  1. Create a safe space: A quiet, comfortable place where your pet can retreat can help reduce their anxiety. This could be a quiet room, a cage, or even a pet bed with familiar toys.

  2. Distract your pet: Playing with your pet or giving him interactive toys can help distract his attention from scary noises.

  3. Use calming products: There are products specifically designed to help soothe anxious pets, such as pheromone diffusers or calming toys. You can also try giving your pet melatonin (the appropriate dosage for your dog should be determined with the help of a veterinarian) or Bach flowers to calm their anxiety.

  4. Consult a veterinarian: If your pet's fear is particularly severe, it may be helpful to consult a veterinarian. They may recommend medications or behavior modification techniques that may help.

  5. Prepare in advance: If you know your pet is afraid of fireworks, start preparing your pet several days in advance. This may include adjusting their sleeping or eating routines, or introducing loud sounds in a controlled, gradual manner to help them get used to it.

  6. Massage: A gentle massage can help calm your pet. Place your relaxed, open hands on your pet's body, moving down either side of the spine. Go slowly and make sure the pressure is as light as possible. A few minutes of this treatment can help ease your companion's anxiety.

  7. Thundershirt or Anti-Stress Coat: These specially designed garments apply gentle, steady pressure to the pet's body, which can help ease their anxiety. You can buy these clothes or try making your own with an elastic bandage or cloth. However, it is important to never wrap the bandage too tightly and always monitor your pet to ensure they are comfortable.
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Swiss National Day is a joyous occasion for all of us, but let's not forget our furry friends who may find the festivities a little too noisy. With a little preparation and a lot of love, we can help our pets get through this day with peace of mind.

Remember, every animal is unique and may react differently. If you are concerned about your companion's behavior, it is always best to consult a veterinarian. Happy National Day in advance to all our Swiss readers, both two-legged and four-legged!


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