7 Safety Steps Caring for your Animals

It is nat­ur­al for dogs to be afraid of loud nois­es, but less so for cats. A dog’s hear­ing is very sen­si­tive and loud sounds may trig­ger their ner­vous sys­tems caus­ing anx­i­ety and fear. Remem­ber, run­ning away from the noise is a sur­vival instinct. For ani­mals with known noise pho­bias please con­sult your vet­eri­nar­i­an for guid­ance.

  1. Make sure your dog gets plen­ty of exer­cise before dusk.
  2. Keep your ani­mals inside dur­ing fire­works, prefer­ably with human com­pan­ion­ship.
  3. Pro­vid­ing a safe place inside for your ani­mals to retreat. When scared of sounds ani­mals can’t ori­ent. They often seek small enclosed areas. (Our fam­i­ly Dal­ma­t­ian, Sifter, would take refuge from loud nois­es in the bath­tub) If your dog is com­fort­able in a crate, that is a good option. Cats may have a favorite room or hid­ing place they feel secure.
  4. Play­ing back­ground music or turn­ing the TV on muf­fles loud nois­es.Click for an hour of Relax­ing Music for Dogs, Dogs and Fire­works.
  5. Remov­ing visu­al stim­u­la­tion can also help calm ani­mals. Cov­er­ing the crate, low­er­ing the blinds, or clos­ing win­dow cur­tains can also be help­ful.
  6. Make sure all your dogs are wear­ing ID tags with a prop­er­ly fit­ting col­lar, and are micro chipped. If your pet does go run­ning off dur­ing fire­works events, it’s much eas­i­er to be able to iden­ti­fy its own­er­ship with these fea­tures.
  7. Reduce stress by giv­ing your dog some­thing fun to do – like a frozen Kong filled with his favorite treats.

7 Signs of Stress in Your Pet

  1. For cats, signs of stress include run­ning away, soil­ing the house, hid­ing and refus­ing to eat.
  2. For dogs, signs of stress include exces­sive bark­ing, run­ning away, soil­ing the house, hid­ing and cow­er­ing, cling­ing to own­ers, whim­per­ing, trem­bling and shak­ing, pac­ing and pant­i­ng, and refus­ing to eat.
  3. If your pet is stressed, keep him indoors overnight. Keep a lit­ter tray some­where in the house, or walk a dog after the fire­works but don’t let him off his har­ness and be sure to stay with him the whole time.
  4. Con­sult your vet­eri­nar­i­an before your ani­mal is exposed to fire­works, thun­der­storms or oth­er fright­ful sit­u­a­tions for nat­ur­al home­o­path­ic reme­dies to help keep your pets dis­tressed and calm.
  5. For those of you who prac­tice nat­ur­al health care and have a home Home­o­path­ic Kit – ARNICA is a good rem­e­dy any­time there’s an emer­gency.PHOSPHORUS is good for noise pho­bia and Res­cue Remedy calm­ing for both you and your pet. Assess your ani­mal to deter­mine the most appro­pri­ate rem­e­dy and dosage – there’s about 7 dif­fer­ent reme­dies used for trau­ma. Make the appro­pri­ate choice based upon your animal’s spe­cif­ic symp­toms. Seek the advice of your holis­tic vet­eri­nar­i­an as nec­es­sary.
  6. Many behav­ior prob­lems in ani­mals have their root in fear. Mas­sage can help repro­gram the fear turn­ing it into trust. Mas­sage is a time-hon­ored method of reduc­ing stress and ten­sion that usu­al­ly brings a feel­ing calm­ness to both par­tic­i­pants.
  7. Res­cue Rem­e­dy can be used for an acute trau­ma until you can get your ani­mal to a vet­eri­nar­i­an. Res­cue Rem­e­dy comes in tinc­ture form and can be pur­chased from your local health food store.