With the Fourth of July being right around the corner, it’s time to break out the usual festivities with grilling and fireworks. While the Fourth is a great way for us to celebrate our nation with our loved ones, it can be an anxiety-provoking event for many of our pets. Dogs, cats, and other furry family members can experience significant anxiety, fear, and discomfort when exposed to loud noises. Being proactive and prepared can help minimize this aversion for your pets while keeping the holiday safe for everyone.
Pets and Fireworks: The Fear of Loud Noises
So, what causes certain pets to fear fireworks? This natural response is rooted in the aversion or fear of loud noises. Loud noises can trigger their nervous systems, causing either fear or anxiety. Since fireworks are different than other natural loud noises like thunder, your pet may have the tendency to run away from noise as a survival instinct. The sudden noises, flashes, and burning smell can all be overwhelming for your pets.
More pets run away on the Fourth of July than any other day, making it important to properly prepare for the upcoming holiday. Here’s what you can do to help keep your furry loved one calm this Fourth of July:
CBD for Pet Firework Anxiety
CBD may offer your pets natural anxiety relief, helping them experience better calm during a noisy event. By interacting with your pet’s endocannabinoid system, CBD may enhance endocannabinoid signaling while promoting homeostasis among all systems. Preclinical studies have shown that CBD may address the learned fear response, helping alleviate aggressive or fearful behavior while balancing cortisol levels.
Other Management Tips for Firework Anxiety for Your Pets
If your pet has displayed fear or discomfort around loud noises, it’s best to keep them safely inside. However, it’s not recommended to leave them unattended at home. If you have plans for celebrating the holiday elsewhere, it may be a good idea to find a friend’s home to keep your dog that isn’t near any firework displays. Luckily, cats have the tendency to hide during loud noises and don’t necessarily need to be relocated. Playing music or turning on a TV can also help soften the noises from fireworks outside. Giving your pets a lot of love and treats can also help keep them distracted.