Tips To Help Your Pets Calm During Thunderstorms And Fireworks

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Loud noises can cause your pet anxiety because their hear is much more sensitive than ours. So this fireworks season help your pets stay calm with these tips and tricks.

  1. Diet and Exercise: Much like humans, diet and exercise play an important role in reducing pet anxiety and stress.  A well-exercised dog, both mentally and physically, is nearly always a better-behaved dog. Exercise your dog early in the day before the fireworks start and for cats, Royal Canin has developed a diet line named “Calm” that has been shown to decrease anxiety in some cats;
  1. Desensitization Therapy: Recordings or MP3s of thunderstorms can be played at gradually increasing volumes on sunny days to get your pet used to the sound of thunder.
  1. Distractions: Providing your pet with something else to do can help minimize anxiety. For dogs, a Kong filled with treats like frozen peanut butter can help keep them occupied. Interactive cat toys can reduce feline anxiety.
  1. Safe-room in the house: Keep your pets inside during fireworks and thunderstorms. Provide a safe area for your pet to use to hide from the noise. A small windowless or basement room would be ideal to minimize noise. Dogs frequently like small enclosed spaces such as a crate when feeling anxious.
  1. Nutritional Supplements and Prescription Medications: Supplements and prescription medications are available through your veterinarian.  Some medications can be given before or during thunderstorms, fireworks or any other stressful event.  Definitely ask your vet if medication or any nutritional supplement is appropriate for your pet. Medication alone is not the answer.

Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog needs a checkup, shots, vaccines, give us a call at 503.666.1600.
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