Summer Fun for Whom?
Fireworks, thunderstorms, and fun-filled family events—true sounds of summer for many of us. But for our pets, loud noises and entertainment chaos can be causes for anxiety and unsettling times. Here are a few suggestions to help you help your furry companions feel safer this summer.
Dogs of all sizes and breeds can suffer from thunderstorm or loud noise phobias, which can escalate to destructive behavior. Some dogs may begin by trembling, drooling, or pacing. Others are so fearful they try to hide, inflict injury, or break away and run.
Most cats do not appreciate change. Schedule changes, family vacations or a house full of guests can traumatize a cat. Cats show stress by hiding, reacting aggressively, even escalating to more severe conditions such as setting off a urinary tract inflammation—not to mention a fearful escape.
While it’s a natural instinct to coddle and soothe your pet when they are scared or fearful, be aware they may not respond as you’ve come to expect. This doesn’t mean you need to avoid your companion, but do respect their fear and discomfort. Learn their early warning signals of building stress and develop ways to help them manage or disburse. Be aware of your body language and how you handle your pet to avoid injury to you or your companion.
Every summer, we’re reminded of the rising temperature risks or how easily pets succumb to overheating. Know that it’s the average summer days that make us complacent—we’re more vigilant on the hottest days.
Natural Therapy Recommendations:
With so many natural remedies available, which one should you choose? As discussed earlier, use products made for companion animals and species specific, unless guided by your veterinarian or someone trained in holistic therapies for animals.
Urinary, arthritis, kidney, diabetes, and even dental problems are just a few of the diseases now being associated with dry food diets.