by Sandi Martinez
Your dog or cat cowers as the popping gets louder. Whistling wheezing sounds ripple across the air. They run for cover; frantic to find shelter. Whether you and your family and friends or neighbors, are the ones doing the popping, the fact remains: your pet can’t handle the noise, and is frightened beyond reason or logic. This is something your pet goes through once a year every year; Independence Day. July 4, 1776, was the day that the adoption of the Declaration of Independence was signed. Everyone is enjoying concerts, parades, fireworks, and let’s not forget the most important thing… the reason to fly the American flag!
However, our pets don’t care about these mundane ‘human’ affairs. Some things to consider about your pet’s safety: make a comfortable space in a quiet room away from the major impact of fireworks; if enjoying the fireworks in your own back yard, be sure to visit and comfort your pet periodically throughout the night. For severe anxiety reactions such as, shaking, whining, barking, or crying, try some of these natural supplements: Rescue Remedy for pets, or Happy Traveler. A nice massage will also help your pet. You can also play some soothing music in the background, and most importantly, make sure your dogs and cats are wearing their ID tags, as they will run fast and hard to find a place to hide! Have the best of both worlds this 4th of July, by keeping your pet safe and calm, while enjoying good company, good food, and beautiful fireworks!
Happy 4th of July from the staff at RMSAAM!