Paul Flythe · @paul_flythe

21st Feb 2023 from TwitLonger

Tips to Keep Your ESA Calm During Festive Fireworks

The fourth of July is your favorite holiday and you can’t wait to see those beautiful, breathtaking fireworks in the night sky like a burst of colors on a blank canvas by an erratic artist. You love to watch the colors and the fascinating shapes they make as they illuminate the night.

Fireworks Can Be Bad for Your ESA

It may not be the same experience for your emotional support animal. Pets have a higher hearing range than human beings and the fireworks may sound like cannon blasts to their ears.

Being the good pet parent that you are, you value your emotional support pet. To this day, there is hardly a moment when you are not grateful for that emotional support animal letter in your possession. You have created so many fond recollections with this animal and you wouldn’t ever want to make them uncomfortable. You and your emotional support animal have vowed to look out for one another after all!

When you and your family need to enjoy a good summer holiday, the pet may become hard to placate and reassure amid the commotion. There are certain steps you can take to make sure your emotional support animal can retain their calm and collected attitude and remain the friendly angel they are instead of turning into a big panicked ball of fur.

When the time comes for you and your family to indulge in the noisy spectacle of fireworks, the first and foremost action you need to take is to remain calm if your pet panics.

Remain Calm…

There are too many pets who lose their cool only because of the initial few moments of surprise and panic that, in my opinion, is only natural. After all, how would you react if you heard a loud bang that came completely unanticipated and, I am sure, from the poor animal’s perspective, utterly uncalled for?

As the pet reacts to the noise, observe it closely for any signs of excessive distress and remain calm. Allow it to settle and calm itself down, which it may do in a few minutes.

Make them Comfortable

Every pet has its go-to corner. They may depart to this area dedicated to their personal space if they feel distressed and require some “alone time” to make peace with themselves or whatever it is that has upset them. These animals may not appreciate your intrusion in such a space. If they run off to their corner, don’t follow them like a helicopter parent. Allow them to settle and check on them after every few minutes.

You can also make this personal space even more inviting, warm, and comfortable if you are anticipating some panic. Add some more blankets and toys to allow the pet to direct its energies toward some pursuits that will surely end up eliciting a feeling of gratification and calmness. Such arrangements will make your pet feel secure.

You Know Your Animal the Best…

It is important to understand the emotional support animal. Thanks to that miracle of, you have the right to have your pet accompany you anywhere but being the attentive pet parent you are, you would know your emotional support animal inside out. Who would know better than you if, for instance, your pet would be seriously scared or uncomfortable? If you can avoid it, you can always choose to have your pet opt out of the festivities if you have not prepared them well for such loud affairs!

Prepare Them…

Preparation can come gradually and steadily. It is much the same strategy psychologists use to cure phobias. You can desensitize your pet by, at first, exposing them to less intrusive and abrupt noises. Gradually raising the volume of the noise can cause your pet to become comfortable with a level of noise because they develop a habit of it. Introduce a higher decibel only when they have become accustomed to the lower one first. This way, your pet will rid itself of the novelty effect noise has on them and it will no longer feel uncomfortable in the vicinity of fireworks.

This takes time, energy, and planning. You must plan for such a strategy in advance so you never take your pet by surprise (at least not one that could potentially leave them scared for their life). The emotional support animal reacts to noise because, when confronted by firecrackers, it gets into fight or flight mode as it perceives the sound to be a threat to its survival. If you successfully sever that association of loud noise with fear and a fight or flight response, you can have a relaxed pet who would not cause you any worries.

Try to Tone the Noise Down…

If you haven’t desensitized your pet and there is no way you can have them opt out of the fireworks display, you can always make sure you lower the volume of sound that reaches your animal. By partially sound-proofing the indoors, you can limit the noise that slips through. A lower volume will usually not upset the animal. While you are at it, you can also turn the TV or the sound system up and adjust the volume so that the sound from outside is almost drowned or reasonably toned down.

You had been smart enough to make your way through the entire process of acquiring a letter allowing you to keep an emotional support animal. Just as you knew how to avoid scammers because you knew there was no such thing as a separate ESA letter for housing, you can trust yourself to do right by your pet. You can help them feel safe and loved while you have some fourth of July fun!

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