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Helping Fido Cope With Fireworks
July 1, 2023

The Fourth of July is just around the corner. If you have a dog, you’ll need to pay Fido some extra attention over the next few days. Unfortunately, lost pet reports often spike at this time of year. Man’s Best Friend is often terrified of fireworks, and sometimes runs off out of fear. A Washington Heights, TX vet offers some advice on helping your canine buddy cope in this article.

Bring Him In Early

Plan to take your furry friend indoors before the commotion starts. If you have to take him out after dark, keep the excursion short and sweet, and keep him on a close leash.

Distract Him

The noise of fireworks can be terrifying to our canine companions. One thing that may help is to give your pooch something to occupy himself with. Kong toys can be great for this. You can stuff them with peanut butter, apple sauce, plain fat-free yogurt, or canned dog food. Puzzle toys are also a good bet here.

Drown Noise Out

Another thing you can do is try to mask the sounds of fireworks. Turn a radio or TV on. You can even find shows made just for Fido …  though whether your furry buddy pays attention or not is another story.

Pet-Calming Products

There are many different pet-calming products to choose from, such as treats, sprays, and collars. You can also try using a weighted shirt. You’ll need to see how your furry pal reacts, though: some dogs love them, but others seem to feel stifled in them. 

Crate Training

When used properly, crates offer a comfy, secure spot, where your four-legged friend can go when he wants to feel secure. Adding cozy bedding, toys, and a vet-approved chew, and you’ve just given your pooch a safe space of his own.

Soothe Him

When it comes to coping with doggy anxiety, the usual advice is not to coddle pups. However, in a case like this, there’s nothing wrong with consoling Fido if he’s scared.


Don’t leave Fido outside unattended, especially after dark, and keep him on a tight leash if you take him off your property. We also strongly recommend making sure your pooch is microchipped and wearing ID tags. GPS tags aren’t a bad idea, either.

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