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Fix for Fireworks?
« 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 it’s 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? He’s really miserable, and therefor so is rest of the family...
« Last Edit: May 26, 2020, 05:21:40 PM by Backstrap »
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Re: Fix for Fireworks?
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2020, 05:45:02 PM »
Benadryl, check with your vet or someplace you trust on the dosage.

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Re: Fix for Fireworks?
« Reply #2 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 Year’s Eve, and then every night while he was dying of cancer.

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Re: Fix for Fireworks?
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2020, 08:28:44 PM »
Thanks guys. I’ll start with the Benadryl. Thanks again.
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Re: Fix for Fireworks?
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2020, 09:44:17 PM »
Benadryl, check with your vet or someplace you trust on the dosage.
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Re: Fix for Fireworks?
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2020, 09:46:45 PM »
I am lucky in this regard. My lab looks for something to fall after every bang.
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Re: Fix for Fireworks?
« Reply #6 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.

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Re: Fix for Fireworks?
« Reply #7 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.

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Re: Fix for Fireworks?
« Reply #8 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 didn’t mind it until the last couple years. He’s 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.

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Re: Fix for Fireworks?
« Reply #9 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.
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Re: Fix for Fireworks?
« Reply #10 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.
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Re: Fix for Fireworks?
« Reply #11 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).

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Re: Fix for Fireworks?
« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2020, 10:29:18 AM »
I am lucky in this regard. My lab looks for something to fall after every bang.

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take advantage of that moment with bringing a decoy throw

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Re: Fix for Fireworks?
« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2020, 10:32:19 AM »
I am lucky in this regard. My lab looks for something to fall after every bang.

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Re: Fix for Fireworks?
« Reply #14 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.
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