There are so many things I love about summer – the warmth of the sun, the longer days, parades and fireworks, traveling and camping – just to name a few. Yet, while these things might be fun for the humans in the family, they can be downright frightening and dangerous for our pets. There are a few things that you can do to help your pet enjoy the summertime as much as you do!
Fireworks and stormy weather and can be more than just mildly upsetting for many dogs and cats. Statistics show that shelters are the busiest in the summertime around the 4th of July. This is because of loud noises like fireworks and sometimes even thunder, where many dogs accidentally flee their homes. Summer, then, is one of the most important times to make sure that your dog is secure and safe.
Some things you can do include:
Spend time with your dog by taking him or her out for walks and one on one time before fireworks begin so that Fido can be tired and relax himself – it also gives him an opportunity to go potty. By doing so this will eliminate potty accidents in the house when your dog becomes scared, stressed or startled.
Keep your dog inside during fireworks – especially if you have a dog that is scared of loud noises. Insure that all windows are securely closed. Dogs have been known to be so frightened that they jump thru screens of open windows. Perhaps giving your dog a spot in the closet with a comfortable blanket or bed will give him the impression of security (much like the caves that their wild ancestors utilized). Insure that counters and tables are clear of any items that could be destroyed, or that would be harmful to him or her if ingested or chewed.
Make sure your pet is microchipped and that the information is up-to-date. And, if your dog is not microchipped, then make that vet appointment sooner, rather than later.
If your pet is sensitive to loud noises talk to your veterinarian before the holiday occurs because there may be ways to help alleviate your pets fear and anxiety.
Thunderstorms can be terrifying for your dog and most studies suggest the dogs may be scared of the smells, the noise, the light, or perhaps, the change in barometric pressure. Nonetheless a storm can set up a series of behaviors in your pet. Some dogs may shake and tremble and, in extreme cases, may lose bladder and bowel control.
You can condition and work with your dog so that storms don’t have to be so scary for him or her. You can move your dog to a windowless room or perhaps a basement where the noise from the storm will be reduced. You can spend some time with your dog and reserve special toys or treats for use only during storms so that your dog learns to associate the frightening conditions of the storm with a positive behavior. If you can pinpoint that the noise of thunder is an issue for your dog, then there are things that you can do to alleviate the stress. You can invest in a white noise machine or turn on a bathroom fan to drown out some of the loud noise. There is also a product on the market called a “Thundershirt” that might be a wise investment for you to utilize for your dog (go to www.Thundershirt.com).
My Final Thoughts
The best part of summer is spending time having fun with family and your pet is part of your family! By thinking ahead, and with a little pre-planning, you can make sure that whatever you do, everyone including Fido will have a great time!
I would love to hear your comments, feedback stories and ideas.
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