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Helping Your Pet Cope With Fireworks

Pet Care Tips 3 min read
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Fireworks may seem like a fun time for many of us, but for our beloved pets, they may trigger a very different response! This response may include restlessness, anxiety, and destructive behavior. You may be asking yourself: “how do I help my pet cope with fireworks?” And “is there a way to help them adapt to these kinds of stressful situations?” So in this blog post, we are here to answer those questions and more!

Why do pets get scared of fireworks?

With the combination of loud noises from fireworks and the increase of unfamiliar faces, it is easy to understand why pets may become stressed or panicked during celebratory events. Pets have more sensitive hearing than humans, so they may hurt themselves if they are not in a controlled environment. 

What should you do to help your pet cope with fireworks if you are home with them?

Preparing your pet can help provide comfort during stressful events.

For predictable sources of stress, like fireworks, preparing your pet with herbal supplements, training them to become desensitized to loud sounds, and crate training can help provide comfort during stressful events.

Closing the blinds in your home can help muffle the noise and reduce flashing lights that may startle your little one. You can also create a safe space in part of your home that has fewer windows or is quieter like a washroom. If your pet is not crate trained, they may find it calming to lay in the dry tub with towels and blankets to help them feel cozy and protected. It is best to test this prior to firework displays so that you do not stress your pet out even more if they do not feel comfortable there. Giving your pet a new toy to play with or chew on may help distract them.

NHV Lesstress is an herbal formulation that has a strong affinity with the nervous system and the immune system to help calm anxiety and excitability. It is a great supplement to use for various kinds of stress, like separation anxiety, fireworks, or even during illness (stress may cause conditions to worsen). Lesstress also helps add immune support. By reducing anxiety, many pet parents see a decrease in some of the negative behaviors observed, such as chewing, scratching, or urinating inside. NHV Lesstress is best suited for dogs.

If you have a cat that is experiencing anxiety, stress, or nervousness, NHV Matricalm would be a great natural support. It helps to relieve stress, aggression, and anxiety, similar to Lesstress but contains herbs that are more palatable to cats. 

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What should you do to help your pet cope with fireworks if they are home alone?

If you will be leaving your pet home alone during a celebration, we recommend adding a calming remedy (like Lesstress or Matricalm) to their daily meals days before the event. Preparing a quiet room with your pet’s crate or cozy blankets is also helpful for when they begin to feel overwhelmed, they will have a safe space to escape to. Make sure that your pet has up-to-date identification on them in case they get scared and try to escape. Make sure all the doors and windows are secure to prevent escapes and help muffle noise. Some pets also benefit from having calm music playing in their safe space.

We also recommend exercising your pet before you go out. Going for a longer walk than usual can have multiple benefits. It can help tire them out so they are more inclined to sleep and can help prevent them from having accidents in the house.

What can you do to prepare you and your pet if they have never experienced fireworks before?

The best way is to anticipate what can cause stress and be prepared. Herbal supplements like Matricalm and Lesstress can be helpful supports in these kinds of situations. Natural calming supplements can be safely used short or long-term and are particularly important for pets who suffer from anxiety, excessive fear, and even excessive excitement. 

After your pet has been scared by fireworks, what can you do to help them relax?

Each type of stress requires a different approach to help your four-legged friend. Sometimes small actions like holding your furkiddo and putting them in a blanket or crate will solve the case. Sometimes, only a veterinarian can assess the source of stress and treat it. Always get in touch with your trusted veterinarian in these cases.

It’s great to know that there are ways to support your little one’s health naturally! Each of our care products is specially formulated for pets by a master herbalist and holistic vet and made using only the finest organic or wildcrafted ingredients. If you have any questions about your pet’s health or need any holistic advice, get in touch with an NHV pet expert by tapping the button below.

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Published: December 8, 2021

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