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Dear Daisy Dog

Our dog Maggie is afraid of fireworks. Would you suggest a tranquilizer?

Daisy Responds

My brother Sam is frightened by loud noises, whether from fireworks or thunderstorms.

He figured out on his own that going to the basement and lying under the workbench protected him from the noisy menace.

On the other hand, my late brother Murphy needed medication to help him cope.

If you really think Maggie will need medication to keep her calm during the fireworks, talk with your veterinarian well before the Fourth of July.

However, she might just need to stay away from the noise, like Sam. Keep her in the house, and close the windows if your home is air conditioned.

Leave the television or radio on to mask the outdoor noise and provide some company while you’re gone.

Dogs should never attend fireworks displays, because if they bolt, they can get lost or be hit by a car.

They also should not be left in the car while the rest of the family is observing the show. Even from inside a car, fireworks are too noisy.

In addition, car interiors heat up quickly, even at night. Overheating can result in seizures or death.

One final bit of advice: Be sure Maggie is wearing an identification tag at all times so she’ll be reunited with you should she dash out the door when you return home.

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