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As humans, we love all the noise, colors and excitement of the fourth of July celebrations but the same joy is not always shared by our favorite canine family members. In fact, it can be downright scary for them. Dogs do not understanding the realm of the noise and certainly don't appreciate the beauty that fireworks can present. You should always contact your local Rockford-area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home for ways you can make this festive time a little less stress for your pets.

Dogs are more sensitive to loud noises than we are because they can actually experience the deep rumbling and pitches that do not affect our ears. All the bright lights and accompanying noise can send a dog into extra anxiety, exhibited by pacing, trembling, panting, uncontrollable barking, trying to escape and excessive salivating. It is no fun for your pooch! Some pets can even get hurt in the process if they do run away to escape the horrendous booms! The last thing you do not want to do is try to include your pets in a festive night celebration of "watching the lights." Some useful tips are:

  • Leave your pet in the comforts of home and provide a quite safe, secure area with bed, favorite toys and water to drink
  • Refrain from fussing too much in trying to reassure your dog that everything will be okay. Your dog does not understand and what you are actually doing is saying (in his or her eyes,) "that's okay, you can be scared." In essence, trying to soothe your dog while being scared is actually reinforcing that behavior!
  • You also do not want to show fear in front of your dog, like anticipating that your pet is going to be scared (of fireworks, storms, a loud boom, whatever it is). If you show fear, pets are often in tune to their owners moods and pick up on that. Instead, be happy despite the "impending noise" and your pet will reflect more on your happy-go-lucky attitude rather than fear. Also try to sway your pet into doing something else that will take the focus away from the noise; try another fun activity your pet really enjoys.
  • Whether you are home or not, ensure you keep your pet indoors for more safety reasons. When providing that comfortable spot, try other distractions like a little music, the television, radio or other soothing noise that can deflect from what is really occurring. Also, your pet may feel a little more secure in its crate with all its favorite belongings. Only you know what makes your dog feel safe and assured.

We all want what is best for our pets and often times think that including them in our fun celebrations is the way to go. However, our dogs are more sensitive to certain things we consider to be fun and often times what brings us pleasure brings the fear and anxiety. They would much rather enjoy a snuggle on the couch after the fact rather than tremble from noises and beauty they don't understand.

If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.

If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists

For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petlan

For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy

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