Stressful Times for your Dog or Cat

The 4th of July and New Years Eve are holidays that are always hectic for humans and pets alike.  If your pet is just a stressful type you can use one of the following methods to help keep pets calm.   

  1. Get yourself a calming pet bed   This method works for either Dogs or Cats.

    Keeping your pet bundled up or giving them a secure place to rest will comfort them.   Order from 
  2. Trazodone is an antidepressant used in dogs and cats for the treatment of anxiety and/or behavioral problems. It is useful to help calm pets during times of stress, such as loud noises from thunderstorms or fireworks, separation anxiety, travel, and also during periods of activity restriction following surgery. Trazodone is sold per tablet and requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

  3. Feliway For Cats is available as a plug-in diffuser or spray bottle that releases a natural comforting facial pheromone produced by cats. For simple at-home use, simply plug in Feliway for Cats into an electrical socket for around-the-clock control. The spray can be used on your cat's bedding or scratch post. Order from
  4. Purina Calming Care is a probiotic supplement for dogs that helps dogs maintain calm behavior. It can help dogs cope with external stressors like separation anxiety, unfamiliar visitors, new sounds, or changes in routine and location. Purina Calming Care also helps promote a positive state in dogs and helps maintain positive cardiac activity during stressful events. This tasty supplement comes in individual packets that are easy to administer.  Check your local pet store or it can be ordered on Amazon or Chewy websites.
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Get Lots of Exercise the Day Of

  • Unlike thunderstorms, you usually know when fireworks are coming
  • Make sure to try and get your dog lots of exercise before the fireworks start, that way they will have less pent up nervous energy when the fireworks start going off

Provide a safe space with other noises

  • Make sure you dog has a “safe space” to go to when they get scared (could be a room closed off with some of their favorite objects, or an open crate if they like their crate)
  • If you have a white sound / noise machine, turn it on! You can also turn on the TV to help block out the sound and reduce the impact of fireworks on your dog
  • Close the curtains - dogs can be very sensitive to light / sudden changes, so closing the curtains can help reduce that unwanted stimulation

 Distract with Toys or Treats

    • Get out their favorite toys / games and play
    • You can also try distracting your dog with treats to try to get them to be more comfortable

Use a ThunderShirt Calming Wrap

  • ThunderShirts are the #1 vet recommended, natural calming solution for helping dogs who fear fireworks and other loud noises
  • A ThunderShirt’s patented design applies a gentle, constant pressure (kind of like a hug) that has a dramatic calming effect on over 80% of dogs


Hopefully, you will find these tips helpful.   Please see for more information.