It’s that time of year again, when many pets are terrified because of all the loud noises associated with the Fourth of July Fireworks. While I’ve always loved watching the gorgeous fireworks displays ever since I was a little girl, it’s not so much fun for my dogs. Chuey especially is terrified of all the loud noises. I know I’ll have to wrap him up in his little Thundershirt and give him a dose of Benadryl to keep him from having a heart attack out of sheer terror.
You can read more about Chuey’s fear of loud noises and what you can do if your dog or cat is scared of fireworks, in this previous post.
This time of year can be fraught with extra danger for your pets. A scared dog is more likely to bolt out the door when the firecrackers start popping. Every year we hear about lost pets who took off because of fireworks. For tips about what you can do if your pet does get lost, read What to Do If Your Pet Goes Missing.
Not only are fireworks scary for pets, but people with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) can also suffer. I know this firsthand because my late husband was a Vietnam veteran who did two tours there. He got shot in the stomach and spent months in the hospital recuperating. He absolutely couldn’t take being around fireworks because it triggered flashbacks. While the rest of the family would be enjoying the fireworks, he preferred to stay at home and do something like read or watch TV to distract him. Only once did I get him to go watch fireworks with me, and that was at a great distance. We parked on a road several miles away from the actual celebration. While he thought they were pretty, it was the noise that he couldn’t handle.
Not only do many veterans suffer from PTSD, but anyone who has suffered trauma can have the symptoms. My son worked as a paramedic for many years, and he also has PTSD from all of the horrific situations, gunshot and accident victims, etc., that he has witnessed in his career.
This short video from Red and Howling, really sums it up beautifully. Enjoy!
Have a safe and Happy 4th of July everyone!