Monday, July 01, 2013

Tip of the Week: Keeping Pets Calm During Fireworks

Fireworks - Photo by Joseph Hart
Fireworks have been booming throughout the Warrendale neighborhood for weeks now. It will likely only get worse with Independence Day on Thursday. This, of course, can be particularly troubling for cats and dogs as well as the humans who love them.

Luckily, there are a three things that pet owners can do to help keep their animals calmer (or at least calmer) when fireworks echo throughout the neighborhood. It's my pleasure to present this as your Warrendale Tip of the Week.

Exercise
One important tip for keeping dogs and cats calm during fireworks is to exercise them thoroughly during the day so that they are much more tired when the fireworks start later on. This, combined with everything else, makes it more likely that they will sleep through the fireworks or at least be much calmer.

Retreat to the Basement
I also find that fireworks are much less noticeable when I'm in the basement of my home than when I'm on the upper floors. This is both because most of the basement is underground, the foundation of my house literally surrounds me, and doesn't transmit sound as well, and because there aren't as many windows that do transmit sound. Being in the basement when annoying neighbors launch fireworks at all hours does a lot to mitigate the non-stop "Boom! Boom! Boom!"

Play Music
Finally, it's also a good idea for pet owners to also play music or have the television on when fireworks are booming outside. This helps to drown out the noise of fireworks.

These, of course, are only three suggestions. If you have any other tips that you would like to share, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

Keeping your dogs and cats calm during fireworks season is your Warrendale Tip of the Week.
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