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.
- Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise before dusk.
- Keep your animals inside during fireworks, preferably with human companionship.
- 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.
- Playing background music or turning the TV on muffles loud noises.Click for an hour of Relaxing Music for Dogs, Dogs and Fireworks.
- Removing visual stimulation can also help calm animals. Covering the crate, lowering the blinds, or closing window curtains can also be helpful.
- 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.
- 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
- For cats, signs of stress include running away, soiling the house, hiding and refusing to eat.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.