Booming Holidays and Our Pets
Summer is a time of gathering, having fun, and being around people that you love. Our dogs want to join in on the fun as well! As we include our pets in our backyard barbecues on the Fourth of July, we have to remember that not everything is as bright and shiny to them as it is to us.
Here are 5 ways to help calm your nervous pet during the summer holiday.
- Know your dogs’ triggers.
- Be observant of your dog’s behavior as the fireworks are being set off. Watch for barking, pacing, hiding, shaking and salivating.
- Turn on the television or radio to help drown out the noise of the fireworks.
- Turning on a fan, white noise machine, or air conditioner will also help reduce how much your pet can hear.
- Look into an anxiety wrap or find an old fitted shirt of yours to help make your dog feel more secure.
- The scent that your old t-shirt releases will help as well!
- Allow your pet to find their ‘safe haven spot’. Once your pet has chosen their spot let them be and don’t try to coax them out. Trying to coax them out will cause more stress.
- This may include under a bed, hiding in your closet, their crate or bathroom.
- Pheromones that come in a spray or plug in may help, such as Adaptil or Feliway.
- These sprays imitate the properties of the natural pheromones of the lactating mother that provides kittens or puppies a calming sense of well- being.
- An oral herbal treat that serves as a relaxant called Composure Pro may help as well. This is a blend of vitamins that work together to support balanced behavior in your dog or cat.
Some dogs still require medications to also help “calm the nerves.” Consult your veterinarian before using any type of medication.
Try these suggestions to see if your dog remains relaxed during the nighttime show. Although we may feel excited and in a celebratory mood, don’t forget about your pets. Helping our loved ones get through a busy night of loud noises may make it the best Fourth of July for everyone in your family.
South Town Animal Hospital is here for you and your pets. If you have any questions call us at (847)695-7387 or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by: Madison Hoffman