Here’s how to prepare your pets for the fireworks this 4th of July weekend – NBC Boston

No two dogs are the same when it comes to fireworks and loud noises, so it’s important to have a plan in place for 4th of July weekend pets, experts say .

“Noise and all external stimuli can be very stressful for some pets,” veterinarian Elizabeth Perkins said, urging owners to make a plan for their pooches ahead of the holiday weekend.

“To have them stay home in a controlled environment, ideally somewhere where they’re isolated from sound and isolated from lights etc,” Perkins said.

Pet owner Bobby Eustace said his two dogs, Oscar and Maia, reacted differently to the fuss.

“The little guy when he hears the fireworks go off, he’s in shock – he’s in shock,” Eustache said of Oscar.

Haley’s dog, Bruno, has a similar reaction.

“He was always petrified by light and loud noise,” Haley said. “We’ll also turn on a TV show or a movie — any white noise to cover it up a bit.”

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For dogs who are really struggling with anxiety, Perkins had some advice.

“When using a compression vest such as a thunder shirt, there are over-the-counter supplements you can use nutraceuticals — it’s best to start nutraceuticals and well before the fireworks,” Perkins said.

It’s also important to make sure pets wear a collar and a microchip with contact information in case they run away, which is common over the holiday weekend, Perkins said. It’s also helpful to have their photo handy.

“The 4th of July is actually a very common time for people who lose dogs and for dogs who
bolt,” Perkins said.

And, of course, make sure water is always available and never leave your pet in a hot car.

“It can be absolutely deadly,” Perkins said. “Even if you think your car isn’t hot and you roll the windows down.”

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