Boom-Free Fourth: Strategies for Keeping Pets Calm During Firework Displays

dog with american flag.

The Fourth of July holiday season is a fun and festive one, but for many of our four-legged friends, it can be a bit stressful. Noisy gatherings and loud booms can raise pet anxiety and put our July 4th pet safety skills to the test. 

Calming Pet Anxiety 

Pet anxiety tends to peak in the summer months. Backyard parties, summer travel, thunderstorms, and fireworks can all make the world a little less predictable for our animal friends.

Help your pet to feel a little less anxious by:

  • Keeping their routine as predictable as possible
  • Not changing their diet
  • Giving them a safe, quiet sanctuary to retreat to when they feel overwhelmed
  • Using anti-anxiety supplements such as plug-in pheromones or over-the-counter solutions
  • Trying an anxiety vest 
  • Offering enriching activities like a puzzle toy to keep their mind focused
  • Engaging in physical activities such as walks with them

Be aware of potential toxins like unattended food and drinks, lighter fluid, insecticides, glow jewelry, and even unattended bags or coats that may contain human medications, vapes, or inhalers can also pose holiday risks to pets.

It is also worthwhile to check your pet escape-proofing measures. Be sure window screens and fence gates are secure in case a scared pooch decides to make a run for it. It is also important to check that your pets are microchipped and their registration accurate. 

Comforting Pets During Fireworks

Many pets (mostly dogs, but some cats, too) have noise phobias that are tested tremendously during loud events like fireworks or storms. The good news is that when we know that they are going to happen, we have a better chance to comfort our pets.

For pets who have anxiety about loud noises:

  • Move them to an interior room with no windows
  • Play soft music or other white noise
  • Allow them to spend time in a safe, comfortable place that they are used to
  • Try a Thundershirt
  • Try to not leave your pet alone during this time (you may need to arrange a pet sitter)
  • If you must take them outside, be sure that they are on a secure leash and stay with them
  • Contact us for information about anti-anxiety medications

Ideally we will want to try an anti-anxiety medication before a scary day to see how it affects your pet. Don’t give more than the recommended amount or share amongst pets without consulting our team first. 

The Fourth of July can be a very fun holiday, but if your pet doesn’t agree, that is okay. They don’t have to love it, they just need to stay safe, and these tips can help you keep them that way.

Outdoor Oasis: Tips for Crafting a Pet-Friendly Yard

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Creating a pet-friendly yard can be a great way to provide some environmental stimulation for your animal as well as to bond with them in the great outdoors. To be sure that everyone can enjoy themselves, though, Bowman Veterinary Hospital thinks that it is important that animal lovers understand outdoor pet safety and how to make sure that their outdoor oasis is a safe and enjoyable space for all. 


The Importance of Regular Pet Dental Check-ups

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Like humans, our furry companions need regular dental care to ensure they lead a life full of happy tail wags and contented purrs. At Bowman Veterinary Hospital, we understand the importance of pet dental care to overall health and well-being, and we’re committed to keeping your pet’s smile bright and healthy.  


A Guide to Pet Nutrition

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Pet nutrition is a cornerstone of health and wellness. Finding a balanced diet for pets can help ensure they live longer, healthier lives. With so many pet food choices on the market, it can be hard to decide which is best for your furry friends. Use this guide to narrow down the selection and find the nutrition your pet actually needs.


Top Dog Health Problems and What to Do About Them

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No matter how much we wish that our pets never got sick or injured, we are still not at a place in modern medicine where we can prevent these things entirely. While good wellness care goes a long way, Bowman Veterinary Hospital still sees plenty of sick patients. We would love to share with you, though, the top dog health problems we see and our advice to navigate them better. 


Fall Pet Allergies: Causes, Symptoms, and Management

Golden Retriever Puppy Scratching.

The same fall allergens that bring on the sneezing attacks and watery eyes in humans can also plague our pets, but don’t double up on the tissues just yet. Most seasonal allergies in pets manifest in the form of itchy, irritated skin. 

At Bowman Veterinary Hospital, we treat allergy patients year round, and we’re here with helpful tips on allergy management for pets.


Making Life Easier: Home Adjustments to Assist Senior Pets with Mobility

dog on ramp.

Thanks to advancements in modern veterinary medicine, pets are living longer, healthier lives. But at some point, in spite of the best senior pet care, our older pets will start to show signs of slowing down, and it’s up to us to help them age gracefully and comfortably in their familiar surroundings.

Senior pets hold a special place in our hearts at Bowman Veterinary Hospital, and our team has put together suggestions for creating a pet-friendly home using simple modifications geared toward enhancing pet mobility and pet comfort.


5 Tips for Keeping Your Pet Healthy and Happy: A Guide to Preventive Care

Cat and dog at veterinarian.

When it comes to Fido or Kitty’s health, preventing harmful conditions before they develop is key. Thanks to modern veterinary medicine, many damaging health issues can be avoided completely. This means less suffering for your pet—and less worry and expense for you.

That’s why the team at Bowman Veterinary Hospital encourages all forms of preventive care. We’d like to share our 5 top tips for keeping your pet healthy and happy. 


Give Joy With Pet Gifts Galore

Cute cat with holiday gift.

Pet owners spend a great deal of time and money during the holiday season looking for and buying just the “right” present for their best friend. With our list of trending, uber-popular pet gifts, you can zero-in on just what you think your buddy will like, appreciate, and benefit from.


Coughing Cat: Hairball or More?

A cat grooming another.

If you’ve been a cat owner for any length of time, you’ve likely cleaned up your fair share of hairballs. For the most part, hairballs are harmless—if a bit uncomfortable for the cat and inconvenient for the owner. But before you brush aside any cat cough as “just another hairball,” it’s important to be aware that a coughing kitty may have a more serious medical condition that warrants attention.