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Calming Tips for Your Dog This Fourth of July

If you’ve ever experienced anxiety, you know that feeling nervous and stressed can become overwhelming, even debilitating at times. Unfortunately, it’s not unusual for pets to also experience anxiety, especially with exposure to the loud noises from July 4th and spring/summer thunderstorms.

The Barkery is here to help! We know it’s tough to manage anxiety symptoms, so we’ve put together this blog to help you manage anxiety triggers and decide what products are best for your best friend.

At-Home Tips for Calming Your Dog

Depending on what causes your dog stress, the solution can be as simple as recognizing the stressor and removing it. However, other stressors may not be as easily removed. Here are a few things you can do at-home to calm your pet:

  • Keep your pets inside: Being outside during a frightening & loud time will cause your pets severe anxiety. More pets run away on July 4th than any other day of the year. Keep an eye on your dog during the commotion.
  • Play music & turn on fans: playing music for your pets can sometimes easy anxiety, especially if your dog suffers from separation anxiety. Turning on fans helps to drown out the sound of loud fireworks nearby.
  • Give your dog a tasty distraction: raw bones, frozen peanut butter toys, or long-lasting bones are an excellent distraction for your pet if he or she gets anxious during the 4th.
  • Physical contact: try petting your dog or sitting near him to see if his anxiety symptoms subside. Depending on your dog’s temperament, this technique may reduce his fear and stress.
  • Exercise: make sure your dog get’s plenty of exercise earlier in the day. Having a worn-out dog should help relieve the nervous tension during a storm or loud fireworks.
  • Keep your windows, curtains, and blinds closed: frightened dogs sometimes attempt to escape. You should also make sure to have up-to-date tags on your dog’s collar in case he does escape.

Naturally Calming Products

In, most cases, these at-home routines may not be enough to prevent your dog from feeling anxious. The Barkery offers several types of calming products, from treats, to oils and sprays & everything in between. Read more about these products to decide what will work best for your pet:

Heavenly Hounds Calming Treats – Heavenly Hounds works naturally to calm dogs during storms, fireworks, and owner separation while traveling. This delicious peanut butter square will have your dog feeling better in less than 20 minutes. The combination of natural ingredients are the perfect option for promoting relaxation and eliminating fear and anxiety in dogs.

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Quiet Moments Calming Aids – these chewables can be given to your dog to help maintain normal nervous system function in managing stress and tension. They contain melatonin, which helps promote rest and relaxation, and the unique blend of thiamine and L-Tryptophan helps reduce stress and tension. Quiet Moments also has a Calming Room Spray with simulated canine pheromones that can provide a sense of safety and well-being.

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Happy Traveler Soft Chews – this all natural calming product helps relieve anxiety and nervous behavior. Formulated with the highest quality botanicals, Happy Traveler was designed by a holistic veterinarian and PhD herbal scientist to ease anxiety and motion sickness. Useful for separation anxiety, travel anxiety, to socialize a nervous or excitable pet into a new environment, during thunderstorms, fireworks, airline travel, visits to groomers, vets, and kennels. Give a few of these treats and your animal should appear calmer within 30 minutes.

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Calm K9 Supplements –Dogs get restless for a variety of reasons.   Having a stressed out dog due to fireworks or thunderstorms is…well, stressful.   Dale Edgar understood a calm dog is a content dog. That is why he formulated alcohol-free Calm K9 supplements with Chamomile. Whether it is separation anxiety, trips to the groomer or vet, traveling, thunderstorms, or fireworks, Calm is formulated to naturally calm your pet so they can worry about what really important…like what’s for dinner!  Unlike many supplements, dogs love the taste of Dale Edgar wafers that are made with bananas, peanut butter, and honey.

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Earth Animal Calmness Supplement: Calmness is a relieving, organic herbal blend that supports balanced behavior, promotes a calming effect, helps manage normal stress, and helps maintain contentment during travel, grooming, thunderstorms, fireworks, or environmental changes. Earth Animal uses only organically-grown or wild-crafted herbs to make these powerful concentrated liquid extracts in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

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Nootie Calming Aid –Veterinarian Formulated Advanced Calming Formula with Probiotics has highly effective combination of active ingredients that work together to help reduce stress and anxiety. Promotes relaxation and supports the immune system.

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Calm Paws Calming Collar – The adjustable Calming Collar easily fits around your pet’s neck and can be worn alongside an existing pet collar. The natural blend of essential oils provide calming support for stress-related behaviors such as urine marking, excessive meowing, restlessness, scratching and jumping. Available for Cats & Dogs.

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CBD Products

CBD contains many therapeutic cannabinoids that can benefit your pet. Among chronic conditions, it can help with pain and inflammation, compromised immune systems, stress responses, aggression, seizures, epilepsy, cancer symptoms, digestive issues, separation anxiety, anxiety from fireworks, grooming, car rides, panic, obsessive behavior, and socializing with animals or people. Learn more about the benefits of CBD for your animals.

Hemp Wellness Treatibles with CBD –Treatibles specializes in making hemp wellness chews for animals with superior quality ingredients, and a flavor that animal’s love. These preservative-free, gluten-free, vegan treats can be given to your pet during storms with naturally occurring CBD to help ease anxiety. They are safe for both dogs and cats!
CBD and hemp products are available in-store only.

Austin and Kat Original Soft Chew CBD Treats – These classic chews for dogs are made with Kat’s original recipe developed in 2014, baked slower to make them softer. Each chew contains a proprietary hemp extract, rich in powerful cannabidioids to improve anxiety, mood, discomfort and sleep in a delicious, easy-to-feed peanut butter treat.
CBD and hemp products are available in-store only.

CBD Hemp Oils – We have a wide variety of oils available including oil or water soluble oil, different flavors, and an assortment of strengths. These oils can be given to your pet by mouth or added to food during stressful situations, and provide long lasting benefits. The sooner you start supplementing CBD for your dog, the better effect it will have during storms or fireworks.

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On Independence Day, start CBD before noon and continue to dose every 4-6 ours through 11 pm to ensure your animal is fully prepared for whatever happens during the day AND night. A sleeping, calm dog is much better than an overactive stressed animal.

Remember CBD may take up to an hour to start taking effect, so plan accordingly.
We hope you and your pets have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Stop by the Barkery in Brookside or Lee’s Summit & stock up on calming products before the last minute! Our educated staff can help you decide what product will work best for your best friend.