With the Fourth of July just around the corner, HEAR veterinary behaviorist Dr. Valarie Tynes offer advice about what to do when dogs are terrified of the sudden and loud noises associated with fireworks on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World Radio Show.
The fear over what some animals may perceive as a serious threat can become so extreme that these animals might actually harm themselves.
So, what can be done? With a mild fear or anxiety, a pheromone product like Adaptil will help to settle dogs. It’s easy and safe. You can also distract your pup with food puzzle toys or interactive games and pump up the volume on the radio (to mitigate sounds of fireworks). Some dogs just want a quiet place to hide.
However, for absolutely terrified dogs, talk with your veterinarian about a more impactful intervention, such as appropriate drug therapy.