Preparing for Fireworks and Thunderstorm Season

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While 2020 has been a unique year to say the least, there is no doubt that with the world opening back up people are excited to celebrate Independence Day with the traditional displays of fireworks. While we love a good celebration, dog owners know that this time of year can be a source of anxiety for our furriest family members. The loud booms can send our dogs rushing to hide under the bed, or into an inconsolable barking frenzy because dogs are extra sensitive to loud noises. 

According to the ASPCA, more than 10 million pets run away or are stolen each year in the United States, and the biggest day for disappearances is July 4th. And in addition to fireworks shows, this time of year marks thunderstorm season in many parts of the country which is another source of anxiety for dogs.

As most dog owners know, a dog's hearing is not only more sensitive than that of the average human, but they are also able to hear a wider range of sounds, including both high and low frequency levels. That means that dogs’ sensitivity to the changes in barometric pressure can trigger fearful reactions to thunder long before humans even hear it!

With fireworks and thunderstorm season around the corner, there are a handful of ways we can prepare to keep our pups calm when the loud noises hit our neighborhoods.

A Natural Remedy: The Shed Defender is a dog onesie that fits snugly and applies a gentle pressure, making dogs feel calm and confident. A garment like the Shed Defender onesie is an easy, natural anti-anxiety remedy that can be put on in a matter of seconds. Similar to swaddling a baby, the effect a tight onesie or anti-anxiety jacket can be the difference between a terrified pup that hides in a closet or tries to run away and a calm pup who is happy to snuggle on the couch with you.

CBD Products: The pet industry has been exploding with a wide range of CBD products over the past few years, many of which claim to provide anti-anxiety benefits for dogs. Anecdotally we’ve heard many dog owners rave about the benefits of CBD products helping keep their dogs calm so if your dog suffers from situational anxiety, it’s worth looking into! That said, we recommend making an appointment with your vet to ensure you find the right product and dosage for your pup.

Aromatherapy: Scent can play a big factor in a dog’s environment and affect their mood because their sense of smell is so good. Sprays that mimic canine pheromones can be effective as well as essential oils such as lavender and chamomile, bergamot, orange, and valerian oils.

As always, it is important to talk about your dog’s unique behavior and needs with your vet to ensure you are choosing the right mix of anti-anxiety remedies for your pup. Because just like humans, every dog is a different size and shape and has their own unique personality making it important to spend time understanding and researching what might be best for your best friend!