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Summertime is filled with celebrations that involve fireworks. Some dogs are not bothered by the loud noises, for others this can cause extreme anxiety and panic. Dogs can get hurt or lost if they break through closed windows or doors.
What can I do to help my dog with firework anxiety? 
Keep your dog inside and, when feasible, plan ahead to be home with your dog when fireworks are scheduled.
Be sure your dog has an ID tag or collar with your phone number in case they get out. If your dog is microchipped, be sure your contact information is up to date.
Drug-free options: 
1. Adaptil calming collar or ThunderEase Dog Calming diffuser
2. ThunderShirt
3. Allow your dog to find a safe place to hide
4. Calming chews
5. White Noise machines
And others.
Severely anxious pets may benefit from medication. These medications work best if  they can be given prior to the start of the fireworks. It is best to talk to your veterinarian ahead of time to help decide if medication may be right for your dog.
There are many options to help your dog cope with firework anxiety. Contact us at City Dog Vet to set up an appointment with one of our veterinarians to discuss the best choice for you and your dog. Hopefully everyone in the family can enjoy summertime celebrations!

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