Abby is terrified of both thunder and fireworks. Most storms she just goes in the closet in the bedroom or the one behind my office where the winter coats are kept. We will put a soft pet bed in there and she'll lay on it the her head peering into the room. But when there are fireworks - she immediately goes into the bedroom closet and as narrow as it is, folds herself up like an accordion so she can get horizontal in the very back of it. It just looks painful
Unfortunately, fireworks in the city aren't limited to July 4th. No, all the locals will be shooting their personal ones off every evening as soon as they are off work starting a good three days prior. Last year, we went to the crash pad in Indianapolis which was in a more rural area and a strict "no fireworks" in the condo complex so it was quiet. Now that I no longer commute I had the option this year to go to my best friends (MC from the Book of Barkley with all the rescue cats). She and her partner Mr. B. have a large country home but I was sadly informed that her Dad passed away today after a long stint in nursing care and she needs her family now, not company.
So Plan B (as in bow wow).
So DIY Thundershirt. Acting on the same principals that the gentle pressure on certain points on your pet will calm and sooth, I made one out of an ace bandage (that was about 5 feet long). You could also use a long scarf on a smaller dog.
Since the bandage wasn't quite big enough to hit all the pressure points, I used supplemented the back section with a long narrow scarf.
Since my bandage roll wasn't long enough to bring it on up again over the her lower back, I just fastened the ends on the belly with the piece of Velcro that came with the bandage and used separate section of scarf to cradle and pressure the back part of the belly, tying it up above the base of her spine.
It should be snug, but not so snug your dog can't easily sit or lay down. I also added a drop of PURE frankincense essential oil to the bandage on the chest and put a drop, warmed in my hand, rubbed into the fur on the top of her head and around the outside of her ears. Frankincense is pet safe and is VERY calming for dogs.. Lavender would also work but remember, dogs are quite scent sensitive, before you apply it, put a drop on your hand and see if they have a "no thanks" reaction to it and don't force it if they don't like it. Abby loves the scents. JUST a drop is plenty and check with your vet if you consider any other oils as some can cause liver and kidney toxicity. Also don't use the cheap synthetic oils that are just a fragrance of frankincense, not the actual essential oil.
Next time there is noise - I'll get the real Thundershirt - but this really worked and was made with things we had on hand.