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Tips to keep your pups happy during 4th of July fireworks


June 22, 2019

Julianna Crisalli

Canine Creek Pet Wash and Boutique offers a variety of items that can help ease your dog's anxiety, including these CBD oil options.

While you may be looking forward to this year's 4th of July activities, your dog probably isn't.

The loud booms and vibrations that accompany annual firework displays cause a lot of fear and anxiety in dogs. Just a basic Google search offers a lot of tips. PetMD for example gives the following tips to calm your pup:

1. Give them a safe spot: If your pet has a comfy and safe place to hide, like a crate or closet, it will help to lower their anxiety.

2. Create your own noise: Counteract the sounds of booms and exploding fireworks with your own familiar noises. Turn up the television, music or another kind of "white noise." Just enough to distract your pet, but not so much it hurts their ears.

3. Desensitization: Some pets have been able to get past their fears by listening to similar noises during calm moments. Prior to the holiday, begin to train your pet by playing the sounds of fireworks or thunderstorms at a quiet volume, then slowly increase the volume.

4. Ask a professional: Seeking advice from your pup's doctor may give you more clues to keep them calm and happy on the 4th of July.

Kellie Dudevoir, owner of Canine Creek Pet Wash and Boutique said she gets many visits from dog owners this time of year who are looking for products and advice to help with noise anxiety.

Some of these products include a variety of calming chews and snacks, as well as lavender and chamomile scented sprays. They also sell thunder shirts, which is a vest that adds slight pressure to the torso of the dog. This adds a hugging like comfort, similar to swaddling an infant.

New this year is a collection of CBD oil products for dogs, including "edibites" and oils.

"If you know you're going to go out and you know they are going to be around fireworks, think ahead. Maybe give them something before the anxiety is going to come on. Keep them inside," Dudevoir said. "Tags. So important. If you don't have a tag, get a tag. Everybody thinks that because they are microchipped they are safe, but nobody is open at midnight on the 4th of July ... so many dogs that come in here don't have tags."

Give your pups some extra hugs this Independence Day.

Canine Creek is located at 798 Tucker Rd., Ste. 5., Tehachapi. For more information call (661) 822-0307.


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