Happy July 4th! For some of us this holiday brings some pretty big anxieties as well. My girl Petunia is so afraid of fireworks and thunderstorms! My dad (Dr. Kelly) talks about some pretty tragic emergencies he has been involved with over the years having to do with pet's and loud noises.
Us dogs become very disoriented when we are frightened and will do some pretty crazy things. Secure your doors and windows, pet's will try and escape by jumping through screens to get away from the noises of thunder of other loud bangs.
Over the years dad says many a pet have been brought to him because of escapes which lead to being struck by a car.
Once a dog escaped through a screen and was so disoriented and afraid that it tried desperately to claw open the neighbors door. The neighbor thought a wild animal was trying to enter his home so he shot the dog.
So what should you do? There are a number of techniques and items to try with varying degrees of success. Each dog is different and what works for one won't necessarily work for another.
Petunia is a perfect example.In the beginning the natural supplement Composure from Vetri-Science worked great, now not so much. You must give this at least 1/2 hour before the event to make it successful. Another choice is
The Anxiety Wrap, a specially designed body wrap that uses acupressure and constant pressure to relieve stress. This wrap worked well on Petunia during the last thunderstorm (view video at end of post). Petunia got hers at West Lebanon Feed and Supply.
Flower essences could also be a good choice for your fearful friend. Green Hope Farm in Meriden New Hampshire carries a full line of animal and human related remedies for common ailments. Green Hope Farm writes “Flower Essences hold the healing wisdom of Flowers. This wisdom is the electrical vibration of the Flower, information that is easy for our electrical systems to read and learn from. Flower Essences offer us road maps for solving dilemmas and difficulties that we have been unable to solve on our own.”
If all of these methods fail there is always traditional medical intervention. Tranquilizers can also be used to calm your pet. Good luck today and please remember, Small Animal Veterinary Emergency Services in Lebanon, New Hampshire is always open and always available to answer questions and see your pet if needed, 24 hours a day. As an added benefit for our networked hospitals such as Stonecliff Animal Clinic of New Hampshire, there is no emergency fee.
Tata for now!