I have a puppy that is really terrified of loud noises. So with the holiday weekend upon we are hoping for a better outcome than Memorial Day which ended with a stress related emergency and expensive vet visit.
The fourth of July is the day that more dogs go missing than any other day. On Memorial Day weekend in lake country I know lots of dogs ran off. Local facebook groups were filled with "have you seen my doggie?" And it's heartbreaking to know that some never found their way back to their families.
So here are some tips:
- Keep your pets indoors. If you have your pet outside, keep it on a leash and go inside if fireworks begin
- Leave the lights on because the flashing lights outside can be as stressful as the noise.
- Turn on the radio or television, not a loud volume, but normal like they are used to.
- A white noise machine or fan will also be helpful
- If you use a thunder jacket with your dog you should put it on around the time it's about to get dark and not wait until the dog is in a panic mode. If your dog is already breathing heavy the thunder jacket likely will not help.
- If you know you dog will be stressed you can help with mediation from your vet or even Benydryl (with the dosage advice from your vet)
- Make sure you pet has access to water. This can help keep them calm
- Close your blinds and curtains, this helps with the flashes and noise from outside
- Offer treats, cuddles and talk to your pets in a normal voice.
- Lavender oil in a diffuser is helpful to calm them down
If your pet does go missing there are a couple of places you can post it on Facebook so that your neighbors can help be on the lookout for them. Lake Sinclair community page (public, searchable and sharable as long as you post publically) and Dude, where's my dog?
I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend.
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