Help for Pet Firework Fears: 10 Tips For Your Scared Dog & Fraidy Cat

Pet noise phobias include being scared of thunderstorms and–of course pet firework fears. Many of the tips for noise fears apply, no matter the cause. Thunder can be hard to predict, though, and at least with pet firework fears, we know in advance that July 4 and New Years fireworks will be an issue.

Trembling, crouching, and lip licking can be signs of fear.

Trembling, crouching, and lip licking can be signs of fear.

PET FIREWORK FEARS

I write about pet firework fears every year at this time. But each of these 10 tips for your scared dog or cat can make a positive difference in your best friend’s life. It HURTS to be frightened, and makes us feel bad when pets are upset.

Fireworks from July 4th celebration may be festive to you, but can turn your pets into nervous wrecks. More cats and dogs—and even livestock like horses—become lost on this day than any other when pets panic, go through windows, break tethers and leap fences.

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Scared cats crouch and may hide under the bed.

Even safely contained pets shiver, moan, and feel worse with each noisy boom. You may not see quivering scaredy-cats but the stress from noise phobia increases risk of hit-or-miss litter box behavior.

It can take weeks or even months for desensitization and counter-conditioning techniques to teach fearful pets that noises won’t hurt them. With July 4th right around the corner, refer to these 10 tips for more immediate help.

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Throw a “thunder-party” with treats for each “boom.”

10 Tips For Pet Fireworks Fears

  • Scared animals calm themselves down by squeezing into tight spots and hiding their eyes. For instance, your dog wriggles between the sofa and wall, while kitty hides her face in your armpit. Offer your pets safe hiding place and let them be.
  • Avoid sympathetic baby-talk that rewards the fear. When you get upset or coddle your cat and dog during fireworks, you tell them they have good reason to be scared. Instead, be matter of fact. When it “booms” you can acknowledge the noise, “That was loud. But it doesn’t bother me, see? It shouldn’t bother you.”
  • Anti-anxiety training tools can help. Anxiety Wrap and Thundershirt are types of dog “vests” the pet wears that apply pressure to his body, and seem to calm fear in pets. They have Thundershirt for cats, too.
  • Cover up the sound with white noise. Use a white noise machine or a radio tuned to static works well.
  • Play soothing music. Harp music has a unique sedative effect on pets, because the rhythms and sounds mimic brain waves and help calm the fear. Harp music may prompt you to nap, too. I’m a fan of PetPause.
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Get kitty “drunk” on catnip…

  • Pheromone products also relieve fear and anxiety in pets. Comfort Zone with DAP (dog appeasing pheromone) works well for noise-phobic dogs—it’s produced by mom-dogs when they nurse pups and sooths dogs of any age. The product for cats, Feliway, relieves the cat’s anxiety about her territory because it’s similar to the cheek-pheromone that relieves kitty stress. Both DAP and Feliway come as sprays or plug-in diffusers and the dog product also comes as a collar. The spray can be used every one to two hours on bedding or a bandana the pet wears. You can also get the Sentry Calming Collars for both dogs and cats that also use the mother’s pheromone.
  • Just as human babies may be soothed by a car ride, a road trip may soothe pets that enjoy the car and take their mind off the noise. Just be sure your cat or dog LIKES car rides, and is safely secured in a carrier or restraint in the back seat during the ride.
  • The brain can’t think when in a state of panic. But the opposite holds true as well—when thinking, the brain won’t go nutso and turn your pet into a shrieking escape artist. So just before the fireworks start, drill your dog—or your cat—on favorite commands and tricks with lots of special yummy rewards or games. Continue the games throughout and throw a happy-dance party for him staying calm.
  • Whatever you do, be sure that your precious pet stays safe. Bring outdoor pets inside the garage or the house during the July 4th Provide a crate or confinement in a pet-proofed room.
  • Move horses into secure fenced areas—or better—barns that will safely contain a frantic animal without chance of injury. And just in case, be sure all your precious pets are microchipped or have other permanent and reliable identification for recovery if they do the desperado dash when the rocket’s red glare fill the sky.

Now it’s your turn. Do you have a dog or cat that hates fireworks? How do you manage the angst? Any stories you can share about a July 4th pet fiasco? Please share!


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Take Your Dog (And Cat) to Work Day!

Take Your Dog to Work Day

Magical-Dawg and Karma-Kat wear themselves out, they work so hard!

I’m incredibly fortunate that I get to share my office space every day with my cats Seren-Kitty, Karma-Kat and Magical-dog every day all year long. When I’m having a particularly hectic day, getting a purr fix, or doggy wag of encouragement does wonders. Surveys indicate that one in five companies allow pets in the workplace. People who bring their pets actually work longer hours! You can get started on this pet-revolution this Friday.

2017 marks the 19th annual celebration of Take Your Dog To Work Day and event creator Pet Sitters International reflects on the growth of pet-friendly policies and encourages companies to “make it their business” to help pets in need on June 23.

TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY!

Pet Sitter’s International’s Take Your Dog To Work Day® (TYDTWDay) was created to spotlight what terrific companions dogs are, and encourage adoptions. The annual event encourages employers to experience the benefits and value of pets in the workplace, and to support and celebrate the pet community. Pet Sitters, animal shelters, and business of all kinds join in this fur-tastic Friday event.

 

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“Testing your office chair…it’ll take a while to be sure it’s okay.”

WHY PETS AT WORK?

When PSI created Take Your Dog To Work Day® in 1999, PSI President Patti Moran says the day was initially met with skepticism. For nearly two decades, however, large, small and mid-sized companies have answered the call, celebrating dogs at work and often also raising money for local pet-rescue organizations and animal shelters.

This year, PSI is also using the campaign to raise awareness and funds for Pet for Patriots, a 501(c)3 charitable organization that helps veterans and military members adopt the most overlooked shelter pets, offering them a second chance at life through adoption. Pet lovers are encouraged to make a tax-deductible donation to Pets for Patriots through the Take Your Dog To Work Day online donation page.

PURINA PETS AT WORK REPORT

In celebration of National Take Your Dog to Work Day on June 23, Purina launched the first Pets at Work Report, examining pet owners and their attitudes around having pets in the workplace, and the benefits it brings to employers and employees.

I’ve visited the folks at Purina, and have been impressed for years that the company actually encouraged bringing pets to work. So I was thrilled to receive this new information from the company, along with comments from Purina’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Kurt Venator.

“Pets bring a wealth of benefits – both physical and emotional – to pet owners and their families, so it’s no surprise those same benefits also apply to the workplace and employees,” said Dr. Venator. “Whether a pet helps provide a calming sense during a challenging situation or encourages employees to take a walk during their lunch break, here at Purina, we experience the benefits of pets at work every day and want others to as well.” Check out the report here.

ALTERNATIVE CELEBRATIONS

Even if you can’t have dogs in the workplace, consider alternate celebrations such as having employees bring photos of their pets. How about asking your company to host a fundraiser for an animal shelter in your community? Think about hosting contests, such as best pet outfit or owner/pet look-alikes (for pictures) or best trick (if dogs get to attend). Maybe a hot dog luncheon or a Pet First Aid “Lunch and Learn” session would be appropriate. It doesn’t have to happen today–pets provide us with their furry gifts 365 days a year.

Ask a local shelter or rescue organization to join your event. Invite them to bring adoptable pets or information to your workplace. Maybe you could hold a silent auction or other fund raiser to benefit the shelter—or set up a “Good Samaritan” fund for people unable to afford emergency pet care during these times of financial challenge.

TYDTWDay is the perfect opportunity to educate employees about all things pets. Maybe a local veterinarian, PSI member or other pet professional could present a pet care session or offer dog-walking service during the event. Visit PSI to find a member in your area.

If you’re fortunate to be able to bring pets on Friday, be sure to handle the pet situation responsibly. Dogs should be kept on a leash, or otherwise confined in the employee’s office or area. Baby gates work well to cordon areas to keep pets confined. You can also designate “pet free zones” such as the lunch room or bathrooms.

For more tips how to convince your boss, set up a program, and celebration ideas, visit TakeYourDog.com. Now excuse me…I’ve got to go consult with my furry office mates.


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Dog Book Library Give-Away! ENTER NOW & Share for Your Chance to Win

Last week, I posted tips on how to adopt a perfect kitty, in honor of National Adopt A Cat Month. But this month I’ve also been writing about puppy and dog care–and of course I love canines as much as felines. So here’s your chance to win a 3-book dog care library–puppy-to-adult-to-senior care! Enter for your chance to win paw-tograph copies for yourself, for friends, or for your favorite rescue group.

Enter and share multiple times to increase your odds to win. Deadline for entering is June 30.

Oh, and I’m equal opportunity so there’s also a CAT BOOK LIBRARY GIVE-AWAY! 

Yes, these are PHYSICAL/PRINT COPIES of the three books, available to those in the United States. Since it’s cost-prohibitive to ship elsewhere, I’m happy to instead deliver Ebook versions of the three books if the winner lives outside the U.S. Here are the details.

DOG BOOK LIBRARY GIVE-AWAY

Cat Book Library Give-Away! ENTER NOW & Share for Your Chance to Win

Last week, I posted tips on how to adopt a perfect kitty, in honor of National Adopt A Cat Month. I wanted to go just a step further, though, and offer all my Sweet Peeps the chance to win a cat care library–kitten-to-adult-to-senior care! Enter for your chance to win paw-tograph copies for yourself, for friends, or for your favorite rescue group.

Enter and share multiple times to increase your odds to win. Deadline for entering is June 30.

Oh, and I’m equal opportunity so there’s also a DOG BOOK LIBRARY GIVE-AWAY! 

Yes, these are PHYSICAL/PRINT COPIES of the three books, available to those in the United States. Since it’s cost-prohibitive to ship elsewhere, I’m happy to instead deliver Ebook versions of the three books if the winner lives outside the U.S. Here are the details.

CAT BOOK LIBRARY GIVE-AWAY

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