WAXHAW – Passionate Paws Animal Hospital wants families to be prepared for the stressful effects the Fourth of July can have on their pets.
“Loud noises such as fireworks and thunder can produce severe anxiety and fear in pets,” said Dr. Susan Bonilla, owner and veterinarian at Passionate Paws Animal Hospital. “Thankfully, there are many ways to help your pet feel comfortable and safe during a loud noise event.”
Here are tips for keeping your pets safe during the holiday:
- Create a safe space in your home for your pet. Use a bedroom, office, or den that has a door you can keep closed or locked during the fireworks so they cannot escape and potentially find themselves outside, lost and afraid. Make sure to provide their bedding or crate, favorite toys and water. Play relaxing music or turn the TV on to help drown out some of the noise.
- Microchip your pet in case they escape. Keeping your pet isolated in a safe place in your home means not having to worry that they escape. However, too many pets are lost on the Fourth of July as they simply run away in fear. Contact your vet to get more details on microchipping. If your pet is already microchipped, make sure your contact information is up to date.
- Try to keep your pet calm. Help ease their anxiety by trying a thundershirt which provides a more immediate sense of security through the tight feel of the shirt. Make sure your pet wears the shirt in advance of the fireworks to provide the most benefit. You can also spray the shirt as well as bedding with Feliway or Adaptil, which are products that use natural pheromones to communicate calmness to your cat or dog, respectively. There are also natural supplements, such as Solliquin, that help support normal behavior and facilitate a calming effect but may require more time before the full effect of the supplement is realized. For those pets that require more immediate and stronger relief, there are medications that your veterinarian can prescribe to reduce anxiety, stress and fear.
Call 704-256-7576 or visit www.passionatepawsanimalhospital.com for details on Passionate Paws Animal Hospital.