Updated: Jun 27, 2019
The 4th of July is next week, so it's important to plan now to keep your dogs, cats, birds, bunnies, horses safe from the scary noises and flashes.
Here's a check list to help you prepare:
1) Start giving them "Composure" or "Calming Chews by Pet Naturals of Vermont" now to help their nervous systems prepare for the noise and stress. If your dog or cat gets very stressed, consider a "Thundershirt" Having this "coat" on can feel very reassuring.
2) Walk dogs early in the day, before noises start. Be sure to keep them leashed and have current tags on their collars (Cats too!) Make it a nice long walk if possible so they'll be calmer and want to sleep.
3) Be sure to have a recent picture and phone numbers for your vet and emergency clinic on hand in case they accidentally bolt or get out of the house.
4) Keep your animals inside starting in the afternoon. Horses should be in safe stalls.
5) Create a safe, cozy space in your bedroom or closet for them. If you're having a party, keep them in there at all times. You don't want a guest to accidentally let them out. Keep shades down and turn on soothing music, like classical (NOT the 1812 Overture) or anything you enjoy. Crank it up! You should have a radio or player in the barn as well.
6) Keep water and a litterbox in that room.
7) Check on them frequently to be sure they are okay. Stay calm and reassuring when you do so, so they won't feel any anxiety from you.
8) Have Rescue Remedy on hand. Literally. Place a few drops on your hands and pet them, telling them, "This is your remedy to help you feel safe and calm." This can be done every 10 minutes or so if necessary. Also, add a few drops to to the water bowl.
9) Teach children that fireworks and firecrackers are dangerous to animals with sensitive ears and nervous systems. Teach them to never take an animal near them.
With some forethought and preparation, your beloveds will make it through this challenging time knowing that you're keeping them safe and sound.
with Love, Your Voice of the Animals,