Monthly Archives: July 2009

  • Dog Owner Struggling with Noise Anxiety

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    Found another post from a dog owner with some rough storm phobia going on at

    The dog, on the other hand, is getting better and worse. I tried melatonin and it definitely helped-- he's not shivering or panicking quite so hard, but he is still scrabbling at the floor-- and now it doesn't take much of a storm at all, sometimes no storm whatsoever (no storm elicits more of a "fluffing"; it's less panicked and he will stop on command). I fear that the TERRIBLE storms we had last weekend have made him extra anxious at night and with storms-- it had already been a traumatic day with 2 trips to the vet and a bad med reaction. I wish we'd never seen those pills. I still haven't given it to him again, and I am going to continue with the melatonin and perhaps add Rescue Remedy or one of the pheromone diffusers. I've also heard good things about valerian-- any thoughts? We will also go with a new bigger bed (it's time anyway) with lots of blankets and sheets to dig at and fluff-- the vet also suggested some counter-conditioning with thunder CDs.

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  • Dogs and Fireworks Article

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    Here's an article linking to us all about dogs and fireworks, offering some pretty useful advice. Some of it's obvious, such as don't let your dog near the fireworks. I'd hope any dog owners could figure out that much! Check it out:

    Fireworks can cause some animals to behave in a destructive and frightened manner that can result in damage to the pet or it’s surroundings. Here are some ideas to help reduce stress or anxiety:

    Walk your dog the morning before the fireworks. This can help him/her sleep through the fireworks.

    Keep pets indoors during fireworks shows. Never take them to fireworks demonstrations. Frightened animals, even those that are normally well behaved, may run away during these shows. Sometimes they will chew leashes, ropes, etc. to get free.

    Make sure your pet is wearing identification. The best way to ID your pet is to have him/her wear a collar with identification tags. A microchip adds additional ID should the collar come off.

    Put your pet in their kennel crate or in a room of the house that does not have a door to the outside. A blanket or bed to sleep under can help provide a feeling of safety. A favorite toy or blanket with your scent on it will help them relax.

    Fireworks can cause burns, hearing loss, and eye damage to animals that get too close. Spent fireworks can make your pet sick if he/she eats them. Discard them as directed by the manufacturer.

    Turn on a radio or television to help mask the sound of fireworks.

    If your pet is easily stressed, ask your veterinarian about options for sedatives that may help.
    Don’t walk your pet through large crowds. Small areas with familiar people make them feel safer.

    Think about boarding your animals in a safe place that is farther away from the noise. If you are traveling, boarding your animal might be better than leaving them at home.

    Here's the rest:  Dogs and Fireworks

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