Monday, June 7, 2010

Holiday fireworks and your pets.

The 4th of July brings to mind a relaxing summer day shared with family and friends, enjoying bbq food and fireworks. Sometimes it's easy to forget that our best four legged friends don't enjoy it as much as we do. In fact, you may think it a good idea to bring them along to enjoy the festivities. However, this is not a good idea.

Almost all dogs feel anxious, nervous and scared at the sights and sounds of firework displays. Removing them from their home, their place of comfort, only causes more confusion and fear. Never take your pets with you and think you can leave them in the car during the fireworks, talk about trauma! If your dog spends most of his time in the backyard you should bring him inside. Find a quiet room with little or no windows and set up with food, water and toys. Dogs have been known to chew through leashes, dig under the fence, jump out of windows and cars at the frightful sounds of thunderous noises. Their primal instinct is to flee, so make sure they have their id tags on and are micro chipped.

If you are staying home with your pet, playing with a toy and using radio or tv to distract from the noises can help. Don't coddle your pet at signs of nervousness, this only reinforces the behavior and creates more anxiety. A hand on their back or light massage can help ease the tension. If you feel the problem is severe, talk to your vet about some options, they may provide you with some ideas to help ease the stress. We're here to help make your holiday celebrations worry free. We wish you a safe and happy holiday!