MARIETTA, Ga. -- We're just days away from the hottest and loudest holiday of the year.
And while fireworks are a critical part of Fourth of July celebrations, the booming sounds can also be torture for some pets.
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When employees arrived at the Town & Country Animal Clinic a few months ago, they found Gidget outside tied to a pole, abandoned by her owner.
"She's one of these dogs that's scared and nervous," says Town & Country veterinarian Dr. Michael Good.
Dr. Good says a tight-fitting t-shirt or more expensive Thundershirt can help dogs like Gidget with mild anxiety.
"You want them to feel like they're being held and reassured," he says. "You'd be surprised how much something like this will help."
It can really help when Fourth of July fireworks leave some dogs in distress. They can hurt themselves or damage property.
"Dogs are creatures of habit. They thrive on monotony," Dr. Good says. "When something exciting's going on, they don't necessarily know how to react."
Dr. Good suggests medication for dogs with severe anxiety. There's Reconcile, known as doggy Prozac, or less expensive generics. Pheromone sprays like D.A.P. can also work in the short-term, but Dr. Good says behavior modification is best for the long-term.
"Rule number one is get 'em in the house and stay with them and reassure them," he says.