7 Products to Help Your Pet Stay Calm and Happy During Fourth of July Fireworks
The 4th of July can be a scary time for cats and dogs afraid of fireworks. Keep your pet from panicking with these products that veterinarians and owners swear by!
The ThunderShirt is a trusted classic among pet owners. Its tight jacket applies a gentle, constant pressure which has "a dramatic calming effect," according to PetSmart’s resident veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Freeman.
Buy it! ThunderShirt, $39.95; PetSmart.com
To distract pups from a startling fireworks show, give them a puzzle toy stuffed with peanut butter or plain yogurt. "Repetitive licking can serve like a pacifier to soothe the dog," Dr. Pam Reid, vice president of the ASPCA Behavioral Sciences Team, says. The KONG toy is a favorite slow-feeder toy among pet parents (there are styles available for cats, too!).
Buy it! KONG, $10.99; Amazon.com
Pet experts at Avery Animal Hospital in Ohio suggest calming sprays like Feliway for cats and Adaptil for dogs, which use a chemical that mimics natural pheromones (like that of a lactating mother) to put felines and pups at ease.
Buy it! Feliway Cat Calming Pheromone Spray, $23.85; Amazon.com
Buy it! Adaptil Calming Spray for Dogs, $20.32; Amazon.com
CHILL OUT CHEWS
Dr. Freeman recommends this tasty treat — which contains a blend of chamomile, passionflower, melatonin, and other ingredients — to help soothe distressed pooches.
Buy it! Dog MX Melatonin Calming Care Dog Supplement; $17.99, PetSmart.com
THE PURRFECT TOY
This soft, purring toy is great for anxious kitties and can be warmed up in the microwave for extra comfort.
Buy it! Kitty Cuddle Pal, $8.79; OutwardHound.com
SILENCE IS GOLDEN
These comfortable, adjustable earmuffs have rave reviews from dog owners and can help muffle loud, frightening fireworks.
Buy it! Mutt Muffs Hearing Protection for Dogs, $56.66; Amazon.com