Comforting furbabies before fireworks?

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – While many of Americans love seeing fireworks around the 4th of July, not all of our furry friends feel the same.

All Creatures Animals Hospital says you can have a game plan to keep your pets calm before the fireworks start.

Dr. Vicky McGrath says Composure is a great herbal, all natural calming agent to start with.

McGrath also recommends Adaptil for dogs and Feliway for cats – both other holistic calming agents.

McGrath says there’s always other options like milk derivatives or dog calming vests like ThunderShirts.

She says some dogs flock to secure spaces when thunderstorms or fireworks strike, so putting them in a closet for a short period can be a good solution. 

“Basically, you want them to be safe, because some dogs will try to run away,” McGrath said. “If you know you’re going to be away from home, keep them inside this weekend or the next week or two.” 

For terrified pets who just can’t seem to calm down, talk to your veterinarian about sedatives. McGrath recommends microchipping, especially during a time when pets tend to run off out of fear.