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10 Products That Will Relieve Your Dog’s Fireworks Anxiety

This summer, your pup deserves a little support.

by Rebecca Caplan and Sean Zucker
June 27, 2024
Welsh Corgi dog hiding scared under the bed.
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The Fourth of July is a complex holiday. On the one hand, it’s very cool that humans have invented the technology to make fireworks in the shape of a cowboy hat. On the other hand, more dogs (and pets in general) go missing on this holiday than any other day of the year, which, unfortunately, is very much connected to the whole cowboy-hat-fireworks thing. Another thing that happens in this country? Fireworks tend to go off at random times throughout the summer, not just on federal holidays.

“Similar to thunderstorms, fireworks causing loud, unpredictable noises can be interpreted as a threat to dogs, causing them to hide, show signs of anxiety (panting, trembling, pacing, whining), or run,” Dr. Gabrielle Fadl, veterinarian, and director of primary care at Bond Vet in New York City told us in 2023.

Because of our dogs’ sensitive hearing, the anxiety-inducing noise of fireworks can be out of the control of pet parents, even when keeping pets inside. However, what is in our control are the tools we use to mitigate our dogs’ anxiety on Independence Day. To help, we’ve compiled a list of our go-to anti-anxiety products for the Big Day of Horribly Loud Sounds.

And, of course, if you think anxiety meds, like trazodone, could be helpful, please talk to your vet about that. Also, remember to consult them on anything new you might be feeding your dog — whether prescription or not — to help ease their stress. Go forth (or Fourth, as it were), armed with some of our favorite anxiety-relieving products, and always make sure you have some high-reward training treats on hand so they know what a trooper they are for making it through this.

adaptil calming dog diffuser

Adaptil’s pheromone diffusers have become a go-to remedy for pet parents with anxious dogs. Many praise the product for its quick-acting ability, as one reviewer detailed on Amazon: “After about 30 minutes of diffusing this, my dog was definitely more relaxed. He went from barking his head off at anyone who entered the room to walking over to sniff them, then settling down on the couch.” 

Per certified dog trainer Lindsay Hamrick, these diffusers are effective because they replicate the pheromones that a mother dog secretes from her sebaceous glands while nursing. “Do they hide under your bed when those Fourth of July fireworks go off? Spray Adaptil near that area to help support them,” she adds. —Sean Zucker

bach rescue remedy

A serum, like this option from Bach, is a great addition to your pup’s Fourth of July anxiety-mitigation plan. Add the recommended amount for their weight to their meal or snack to get them feeling stress-free with this homeopathic solution long before the pretty colors light up the sky.

“I have a very nervous pooch who suffers with anxiety really bad,” one Amazon reviewer wrote. “He shakes in winter because of the rain and thunderstorms. He shakes continuously if I have workers come to the house and if there are people working outside mowing lawns, etc. Since having purchased Rescue Remedy, I find that he is more subdued and happy to lay in his bed after I have given him some.”

There’s a reason it was our 2023 Best in Show winner for Best Calming Serum.

Happy Hoodie

Properly worn earmuffs are the gold standard of noise reduction when it comes to fireworks. Available in small through XL and with the ability to reduce noise up to 86 percent, this pair by derYEP is a great choice for pets of all sizes. Keep in mind that your dog will most likely need some training to tolerate wearing these, so if possible, try to work with them ahead of time. For your sanity and your dog’s, we don’t recommend starting this training at 7 p.m. on July 4th.

rebecca caplan

Rebecca Caplan

Rebecca Caplan is a writer based in Brooklyn whose work has been featured in The New Yorker, Reductress, and Vulture. She lives in Brooklyn with her perfect, toothless dog Moose.

Sean Zucker

Sean Zucker

Sean Zucker is a writer whose work has been featured in Points In Case, The Daily Drunk, Posty, and WellWell. He has an adopted Pit Bull named Banshee whose work has been featured on the kitchen floor and whose behavioral issues rival his own.

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