A man in Massena, New York, claims that his emotional support dog was so traumatized by the noise of fireworks that he had to be put down. According to Saturday’s publication of the Watertown Daily Times, Robert Gesualdi’s American Staffordshire terrier, “Chase,” became so emotionally damaged by fireworks that his veterinarian advised him to have the dog euthanized.
On Monday, Chase, the dog who had been a constant companion to Gesualdi since June 2016, died – Gesualdi, a military veteran, adopted the dog from a shelter. Chase acted as a support dog to the veteran, who suffers from an obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress syndrome, is devastated that his dog is gone.
He told the Watertown Daily Times about his devastating grief, “I’ve been bawling my eyes out ever since the 10th.”
Chase apparently became so frightened from the fireworks around his owner’s home that he would not stop hiding and shaking – he even stopped eating and would barely go outside to relieve himself.
Gesualdi wants people to realize the damage the loud fireworks can cause to dogs like Chase – in this case, damage that could not be undone.
Suggestions for keeping your dog calm during fireworks or thunderstorms:
- Keep your dog in a safe, small and quiet area (closed room, secure crate)
- Turn on fans to provide white noise
- Ensure that your dog cannot escape and run
- For extreme fear, discuss anti-anxiety medications with a veterinarian
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