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Title: Fix for Fireworks?
Post by: Backstrap on May 26, 2020, 05:09:44 PM
My cocker is freaking out more and more every year when the fireworks start. We got the snug fitting thunder vest or whatever itís called, and it helps, but not nearly enough. What have you found that helps? Is there a good anti anxiety medication that the vet can prescribe? Heís really miserable, and therefor so is rest of the family...
Title: Re: Fix for Fireworks?
Post by: Stein on May 26, 2020, 05:45:02 PM
Benadryl, check with your vet or someplace you trust on the dosage.
Title: Re: Fix for Fireworks?
Post by: Knocker of rocks on May 26, 2020, 06:09:09 PM
We had a bunch of Trazodone left over from the little fellas back operation, so we used those on the fourth and New Yearís Eve, and then every night while he was dying of cancer.
Title: Re: Fix for Fireworks?
Post by: Backstrap on May 27, 2020, 08:28:44 PM
Thanks guys. Iíll start with the Benadryl. Thanks again.
Title: Re: Fix for Fireworks?
Post by: trophyhunt on May 27, 2020, 09:44:17 PM
Benadryl, check with your vet or someplace you trust on the dosage.
:yeah:
Title: Re: Fix for Fireworks?
Post by: ghosthunter on May 27, 2020, 09:46:45 PM
I am lucky in this regard. My lab looks for something to fall after every bang.
Title: Re: Fix for Fireworks?
Post by: Brad Harshman on May 27, 2020, 10:57:02 PM
Our old collie was very scared of fireworks.  We found it best to lock her in the garage with loud (not mind numbing) music to help drown out the bangs from the fireworks. It was the best we could do for her and she handled it well enough. The combo of benadryl and loud music probably would have been better.
Title: Re: Fix for Fireworks?
Post by: Backstrap on May 28, 2020, 11:02:21 AM
Our old collie was very scared of fireworks.  We found it best to lock her in the garage with loud (not mind numbing) music to help drown out the bangs from the fireworks. It was the best we could do for her and she handled it well enough. The combo of benadryl and loud music probably would have been better.

And the thunder vest.
Title: Re: Fix for Fireworks?
Post by: Backstrap on May 28, 2020, 11:05:41 AM
I am lucky in this regard. My lab looks for something to fall after every bang.

My dog didnít mind it until the last couple years. Heís coming up on 9 years old now. He loves gunfire, and wants to go get something. But now he starts shivering and shaking and freaking out during thunder storms or fireworks.

Title: Re: Fix for Fireworks?
Post by: vandeman17 on May 28, 2020, 11:06:39 AM
Our old collie was very scared of fireworks.  We found it best to lock her in the garage with loud (not mind numbing) music to help drown out the bangs from the fireworks. It was the best we could do for her and she handled it well enough. The combo of benadryl and loud music probably would have been better.

We did similar with my folks dog but in the laundry room since there was no exterior walls. Put her in there with her pillow, bowl of water and music going. She seemed pretty content in there. We also made sure that on days like the 4th of july or whenever fireworks were expected we gave her lots of exercise and kept her active until the evening.
Title: Re: Fix for Fireworks?
Post by: wadu1 on May 28, 2020, 03:20:57 PM
Our Vet gave us Acepromazine for my Lab, hunting was not an issue but the fireworks set he off.
Title: Re: Fix for Fireworks?
Post by: CSherwood on May 29, 2020, 08:28:13 AM
I used CBD dog treats last year and those helped my 4-legged friend. They mellowed her out and she tolerated the noise.  They're available at most pet stores (I got mine at Mud Bay).
Title: Re: Fix for Fireworks?
Post by: Its_Raining_Brass on May 29, 2020, 10:29:18 AM
I am lucky in this regard. My lab looks for something to fall after every bang.

 :yeah:

take advantage of that moment with bringing a decoy throw
Title: Re: Fix for Fireworks?
Post by: CoryTDF on May 29, 2020, 10:32:19 AM
I am lucky in this regard. My lab looks for something to fall after every bang.

 :yeah: :yeah: :yeah:
Title: Re: Fix for Fireworks?
Post by: Threewolves on June 02, 2020, 08:32:42 PM
I know it does not help now, but I wonder if you could desensitize, like slowly introducing to gun fire from way to close in. It could be worth a try. Do it next dog.  I have a 2 year old GSP that thinks the 4 of July is all about him. kind of scary laying there just waiting for a pop bottle rocket to go off. If fire works go off at two in the AM he wants to go out side and see. Not gun shy at all.
Title: Re: Fix for Fireworks?
Post by: Backstrap on June 19, 2020, 07:53:48 PM
So the fireworks began last night and my boy started getting worked up. I gave my 30 pound cocker a 25 mg tablet of benedryl, and within 5 minutes he was fast asleep. I was surprised how quick and effective it was. By morning he was his normal self, full of P and V. Couldnít detect any side effects. Seems like a good solution. Thanks for the inputs.

Title: Re: Fix for Fireworks?
Post by: Alchase on June 19, 2020, 08:09:57 PM
I used a Thundershirt for our Border Collie, it definitely helped.

https://thundershirt.com/products/thundershirt-for-dogs
Title: Re: Fix for Fireworks?
Post by: Stein on June 19, 2020, 09:17:05 PM
Our lab is kind of strange, she loves hunting and has never been gun shy in the slightest bit.  If she is outside and fireworks go off, we have to be careful because she will chase whatever is flying or spinning on the ground and loves all the noise and flash. 

When she is inside however it's a completely different story.  Fireworks, or worse thunder sends here cowering into the far corner of our closet.  It doesn't make any sense to me, but I'm not a dog and she definitely interprets it differently outside compared with inside.
Title: Re: Fix for Fireworks?
Post by: blackpowderhunter on July 07, 2020, 11:36:21 AM
Our lab is kind of strange, she loves hunting and has never been gun shy in the slightest bit.  If she is outside and fireworks go off, we have to be careful because she will chase whatever is flying or spinning on the ground and loves all the noise and flash. 

When she is inside however it's a completely different story.  Fireworks, or worse thunder sends here cowering into the far corner of our closet.  It doesn't make any sense to me, but I'm not a dog and she definitely interprets it differently outside compared with inside.
my lab is actually pretty similar.
outside, she'll sit and watch fireworks going off and the noises do nothing to scare her.  she also wants to chase things as I think they remind her of her glow in the dark ball.  inside shes a bit more nervous about the whole situation.
i'd imagine because they dont know whats going on, it can be unnerving. 
Title: Re: Fix for Fireworks?
Post by: KFhunter on July 18, 2020, 10:01:38 AM
mine gets amped up, like she's on crack,  it can be annoying so I bring them inside and they sleep in their doggy beds and pay no mind


Title: Re: Fix for Fireworks?
Post by: callturner on July 19, 2020, 10:43:01 AM
My Chessies sit and watch the sky for geese! :chuckle:
Title: Re: Fix for Fireworks?
Post by: magnanimous_j on July 19, 2020, 11:16:12 AM
Ask your vet for Trazadone.

My 9 month old puppy just had his snip snip operation last week and they were a huge help in keeping him from freaking out about the cone.

He wouldn't take it at first because the pills are really bitter. We tried crushing them up (don't do that, its the worst thing) and mixing them with peanut butter and all kinds of stuff. We eventually just had to shove them down his throat, which worked the first couple of times, but then he got wise to is and started spitting them out.

The solution we found was to soften a small cube of cheese in the microwave for a few seconds and then make a little ball around the pill. Then we drizzled a little of the oil from a jar of anchovy fillets over it and they way he went after it, he must of thought it was his birthday.