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Posted on 06-14-2016

Growing up, I always loved the 4th of July...fireworks, patriotic music, family BBQs. In my professional life, I have somewhat come to dread July 4th. It is without a doubt the worst holiday for pets! One of the most dramatic trauma cases I've ever seen was a dog who broke through an oversized window, breaking both its front legs and severing all the tendons....all because it was afraid of the noise from a nearby fireworks display.

Noise phobias are extremely common for dogs: 1 in 3 dogs suffer from noise phobia. Look for the signs. Does your dog react to loud noises (fireworks, thunder, construction noise or street noise) with any of the following behaviors?

  • Pacing
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Hiding
  • Pacing or restlessness
  • Cowering
  • Lip licking
  • Refuses to eat
  • Excessive vigilance/hypervigilance
  • Vocalizing (whining or barking at the sounds)
  • Brow furrowed and ears back
  • Yawning
  • Owner seeking behavior and abnormal clinginess
  • Freezing or immobility 

Please don't let your pet suffer while you celebrate! There are effective solutions that can help. Call or email us today to discuss what is appropriate for your pet.

Let's make this 4th of July safe and comfortable for the whole family!

Dr. Sarah Kaufman

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