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Fireworks, Thunderstorms and Your Dog

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A few years ago, I found a dog running on our street the night of the July 4th holiday. She was terrified. Our SPCA was already closed so I kept her at my house overnight.

I called them the next morning and they said they were full. When I registered surprise, they said this was quite common and often happened after the July 4th holiday, New Year’s Eve and after thunderstorms.

I didn’t even think of calling the pound because I knew when they got full, they immediately started euthanizing.

I kept the dog and tracked down the owner later that day, who didn’t even realize his dog was gone until he went out to feed her that morning and saw she wasn’t there.

Now I know we usually can’t prepare in advance when a thunderstorm pops up but we know when the firework laden holidays are coming and can plan in advance to make them as easy as possible for our fur kids.

Many of these things you can do as soon as you hear a thunderstorm coming too.

Here are my tips:

  • If you have any outside dogs, keep them inside during the festivities or storm.
  • If you are not going to be home and you do have a crate for them, now is the time to use it.
  • Keep them in an interior room if possible and keep windows and curtains closed.
  • Turn the TV or radio on.
  • Make sure they have ID collars, tags or are chipped just in case they do somehow get out of the house and run away.
  • Put a Thundershirt or Anxiety Wrap on them. You can get these from Amazon or your local pet store. These shirts use acupressure to help calm your dog. It doesn’t work for every dog but it does work for many of them.
  • Whether you are home with them or not, distract them with a food puzzle toy such as a Kong.
  • If you are home, you can always just hold them and talk gently and calmly to them instead of crating them. Being with mommy or daddy is always comforting to a little one whether human or canine.
  • If your dog has serious anxiety issues about this, contact your vet and ask for a sedative to use. You may not like having to drug your dog, but it beats having them terrified.
  • One of our readers commented that she is having some luck with Quiet Moments Calming Aid. You can get it at the big box pet stores or here on Amazon.

Have I forgot anything? Is there anything you do to help your dogs through this? If so, let us know in the comments.

Cathy signature Chi


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Cindy and Buffy

Monday 28th of December 2020

Your little angels look so beautiful in their festive outfits! I look forward to all the beneficial info you give us you're our Chi teacher! Thank you so much Cathy! Merry Christmas & here's to hope for 2021! Bless you all 🎅🐶❤


Saturday 26th of December 2020

Hi Cathy, When I know there is a thunderstorm coming, I put on my relaxing cd that also has thunder. I play it prior the storm and my rat terrier, Max, and my Chihuahua, Pixel, get used to the sound and when the storm comes, they aren't scared. I play the cd other times so they now don't have a fear of thunder.


Saturday 26th of December 2020

Good ideas Sharon!


Saturday 26th of December 2020

It is always so sad to hear of somebody losing their chibaby. It makes us so sad because most of us have had that feeling outselves and it hurts and hurts and hurts. Kona has left many memories for her family and those who love her to keep her alive in their hearts. You have to ask yourself a couple of questions. Will it be easier if you have her cremated and brought home or would it be easier to bring her body home, in the caskets the vets provide, so you can bury her in a special place and keep silk flowers there colorful year round as Kona was. I have two cremated and their urns in a special place in my home. I also have two buried in the back which is a beautiful place with the flowers both silk and real. I can sit on my deck and look at the two graves and remember the love they gave me. Then a person needs to decide to get a new furbaby soon or later. I would choose soon. Nothing can make the hurt go away but a new puppy can make you laugh and have happy memories. Take care and be thankful that God made Chihuahuas for us!


Saturday 26th of December 2020

Great insight Dixie!


Saturday 26th of December 2020

@Dixie, Big Chi congrats to Lucky for being Chi of the week!!! A handsome fellow he is, for sure. Give him special kisses for his special award!

Lois Pittenger

Friday 25th of December 2020

We almost lost our Chi Chloe a few days before Christmas, my husband took her and our other dog out to go potty. He saw a toad by the house and tried to keep the dogs away. Chloe must have gotten close enough to touch it with her nose and the lick her nose. After we put them in their kennels I heard a noise that sounded like crying, when I went to check Chloe was having problems. When I opened the kennel door she came staggering out and could hardly stand up. The closest emergency vet is 30 miles away so I called them to see what we could do. They said to rinse her mouth out with water and then watch her for the next few hours. After about an hour she started to act normal and was wanting up on the recliner with my husband. This whole time my friends on Facebook were praying for her and she turned around and got better. She is doing great now. Just let anyone who lives in Florida know to watch out for Cane or Bufo frogs and toads. They are highly poisonous and even a lick or touch can kill an animal.


Friday 25th of December 2020

Oh wow! That is so scary Lois. I'm glad she is ok now!

Cathy Mayfield

Tuesday 7th of July 2020

Shadow is always on a leash but she is brave enough to walk out on the porch when I have to open the door to someone.