Keeping Dogs Calm During The 4th Of July

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FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI)-- Every dog owner seems to have their own trick to keep their 4-legged friend calm during 4th of July fireworks.

"I pick her up or old her," said dog owner Bonnie Bobbet.

Mary Losing gives her 13 year old Shih Tzu Benadryl.

The senior partner for the Howdershell Animal Clinic in Florissant says there are several options for trying to keep your dog calm during fireworks season.

Dr. Bill Wright says some pet owners turned to prescription anxiety medicine while others turn to a product known as a 'Thundershirt' designed to calm dogs.

There are also pheromone devices that plug into a wall and release an odor that only dogs can smell.

"It`s a smell of comfort," explained Wright.

He says some pet owners say the Thundershirt and pheromone products work while others say they don`t.

He says puppies exposed to fireworks are more likely to have a fear of fireworks later in life.

His best advice is to keep your pet away from fireworks or inside a crate in an interior room of your house.

Valerie Jenkins lost her dog, Rio, after she ran away from the sound of a firework.

"She got so scared, yanked the retractable leash out of my hand and took off running," explained Jenkins.

She said all the shelters were closed on the 4th of July so she wasn`t able to find her dog the next day.