Written From a Pet’s Point of View

Scared CarlWhile you think a barbecue and fireworks are great, I don’t. It all started on a beautiful summer day. My whole family was home and I could tell today was going to be fun, by the way the kids were happily playing & laughing. I was hoping maybe we were going on a road trip, maybe even to the beach. I decided, I better get my new tennis ball & be ready when it was time to go. No one was actually leaving yet, so I thought I would take a little nap. I got my ball & laid down on my bed, in front of the living room window.  Boom Boom, what was that noise & those lights? I jumped up from my bed on instant alert. Where is my family? Are they ok? I better go check on them. Wait there’s that horrible noise again. Did whatever is making the noise hurt my family? Where are they?

FireworksI better check outside, I’m so glad I have the doggy door. Boom Boom there’s the noise again. I think its following me. Is it in the yard with me, I have to get away, maybe the gate will open. I started running to the gate, I hit it so hard it just popped open. I ran to the front yard, nobody is home. I have to find them. Boom Boom, I’m running as fast as I can. I can’t stop shaking. I ran blindly across  the street and into the woods. It seems darker  here and safer. I’ve got to find my family so I keep running. I hear a voice Barron, here Barron, I slow down, was that my name? again, I hear Barron where are you? It’s my human dad. Here I am! I’m coming! I’m coming!

I heard my Dad’s voice, closer now. I’m so happy, my tale is wagging so hard.  He reaches down to me and my heart feels like it might explode. We are safe. Everything is ok. “I’m sorry Barron,” he says. “I’ll never leave you home along on the 4th of July again.”

ThundershirtThere are several things you can do to minimize the scary effects of Fireworks and other loud noises on your pets: Generally you should allow them to hide in a confined place if they want to. They may feel safer under the bed or hiding in a closet. They can even hide in their crate if they are comfortable there. Many people find the use of a Thundershirt is also helpful. It gently wraps around the pet like a baby being swaddled. You can purchase them on their website www.ThunderShirt.com. There are also Dog Appeasing Pheromones (DAP) available, these are  supplied to the dog through a plug-in diffuser, a spay or a collar. Pheromones are natural chemicals within animals that are said to produce a calming effect on the part of the pets brain that is connected to the pets behavior and emotion. They also make a similar product for cats called Feliway.

You can also talk to your veterinarian about using herbal formulations that may help to keep pets calm during difficult times. In severe cases they may even recommend a prescription medication to help your pet cope with loud noises.

All of these options are available at Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital; contact us at 281.997.1426 to schedule an appointment today, if your pet has demonstrated in the past, or you feel he or she may be affected this year.