The Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve and other big celebration days are often observed by family gatherings, delicious food and, unfortunately for our pets, booming firework shows. Here are a few thrift-able DIY ideas to keep your pets calm during fireworks.
DIY Anxiety “Thundershirt” Wrap for Dogs
An anxiety wrap is designed to hug your dog at specific pressure points to calm them during anxiety-ridden times, like during fireworks or thunderstorms. This video will show you exactly how to create one from a tank top.
DIY Calming Ear Compression
Below is a photo of the “Happy Hoodie” that calms dogs by suppressing noise and swaddles their face in a comforting manner. Try to recreate it with thrifted or spare clothing.
DIY Denim Dog Toys
Thrift stores are filled with affordable denim jeans and jackets. Use one to create durable and easy-to-make toys to keep your pets entertained and distracted during fireworks.
DIY Safe Space Crate
Create a cozy place for your dog to seek shelter and comfort. Put his or her favorite toy in there, soft blankets or cushions and even play calming music. Feel like getting creative? Purchase an end table from our thrift store to upcycle it into the coziest crate for your furry friend.
St. Vincent de Paul’s thrift stores in Los Angeles and Long Beach have all the materials you might need to create the ultimate comfort pack for your pets, but these are only a few of the many ways to protect them during firework seasons. Do additional research online and see what works best for you and your furry friend.