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For many Americans, the Fourth of July is a relaxing day of fun — but for pets, it can be a nightmare. NYC vet Lisa Lippman offers tips of how to keep them safe and happy amid fireworks and loud celebrations.
, a house-call veterinarian company that brings modern day healthcare service to the new generation of pet parents. Here are a few pointers from Lippman when it comes to keeping your dog calm and safe.
Keep your pet indoors
Lippman says to keep your dog indoors as much as possible, and close all the windows and blinds. Not only will they hear the fireworks less, it will minimize the chance that they get spooked and run away. It’s a good idea to make sure your pet’s microchip is up to date, but in the event that your pet does go missing, Lippmann suggests downloading an app that can help with a lost pet, such as
Drown out the sound
One of the ways to help temper the sound of fireworks is to add another sound. Lippman suggests turning on the TV or classical music. “The problem is that that fireworks are unpredictable and really loud,” Lippman tells Yahoo Lifestyle.
“So having a constant soothing sound can really help.”
If music and your own calming touch isn’t enough to help your dog, Lippman says you can consider what’s called a
compression calming coat
. Being enveloped in pressure is clinically proven to safely lower heart rates with a calming effect. They are available online and at pet stores — and really work. “It makes them feel safe and secure during this time of year,” she says.
Talk to a professional
Lastly, if you know your pet is upset during this time of year, Lippman says the smartest thing is to consult with your veterinarian to discuss behavioral therapy and medication
“There are all kinds of modalities — including medications — that we can use to make your pet more comfortable.”
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