By Karin Krisher
Fear is a scary thing. It can turn even the most tranquil cats into maniacal meowers, the most peaceful dogs into bonafide bolters. If you’re one of the thousands of pet owners who’ve watched your pet make a run for it at the crack of thunder or the sudden burst of a celebratory fireworks display, you’re not alone.
As we sidle up to July in the familiar fashion, there’s a lot to celebrate: heat, family gatherings, sunshine—and of course, our nation’s Independence Day. But while others pass the potato salad after a cool dip in the pool, pet owners are gearing up for the tirade of anxious behavior that’s likely to be caused by the stress of a loud surprise or the parade crowd’s waving flags.
If your dog or cat experiences stress at this time of year, don’t lose your cool. That’s normal. Can you imagine someone sneaking up on you only to scream directly in your ear? We’re pretty sure you’d jump—at least a little. Before the fireworks season begins, think about your pets’ behavior during times of increased stress.
Do they tend to run? Hide? Bark? Handle it with a smile? Whatever your pets’ reactions, respond to them appropriately. For example, if your dog tends to get restless when you have visitors, try to tucker him out with a Frisbee game in the park before the party. If your cat cowers beneath the couch when you light sparklers outside his favorite window, do it out of his sight.
Most importantly, if you have any fear of your dog or cat exiting the scene without warning, be sure she or he has proper identification that contains clear, legible contact information.
And finally, consider supplemental support. Pet Naturals’ Calming Chews are incredibly popular this time of year, and with good reason. They’re delicious (so while you’re enjoying blueberry pie, your pup won’t feel left out) and they provide calming support for pets exposed to environmental stress.
If your dog is alongside you on the blanket while you revel in the glow of the park at night, take a moment to think about his needs. And then make a move. These lazy days don’t have to bring stress to your pets. We can all agree that everyone deserves to celebrate summer in peace.
Has your pet ever lost it a little bit? Have you ever had difficulty calming pets? How did you respond? Tell us your story in a comment!