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 causes behind the anxiety in your dog can be vast, but include past abuse, loud noises, medical problems, or other animals. To help a dog that is stressed, you must first recognize your dog’s stress signals. Each dog has his or her own “communication style,” so it’s up to us to determine what signals he or she uses to indicate anxiety.

Stay Away From Prescription Sedatives

A heartbreakingly large number of cats and dogs suffer from fear and anxiety from fireworks and thunderstorms. Unforunately, many of these pets are still given a medication called acepromazine in an effort to help them through these terrifying events.

The truth is, acepromazine, a very powerful and effective tranquilizer, may make it look like your dog or cat is handling the fireworks or thunderstorm well, they are actually suffering just as much, if not more… they just can’t show you or do anything about it!

Acepromazine definitely has its place in veterinary medicine, just not as a single therapy for anxiety-inducing experiences. This is because acepromazine does little to nothing to help mitigate the fear and anxiety that these suffering pets experience from fireworks and thunderstorms. What it does do though, and do well, is make them unable to move and/or exhibit any of the other outward signs of their fear and anxiety. It acts like a “chemical straightjacket” in these instances.

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:

  • Play music: playing music for your pets can sometimes easy anxiety, especially if your dog suffers from separation anxiety.
  • 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.
  • Check your own state of mind: reacting to your dog’s anxiety with nervousness can be picked up by your canine companion. Stay calm to prevent the problem from heightening further.
  • 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.
  • Give your dog a long-lasting chew treat: this can distract your dog from the loud noises outside. Raw bones, dehydrated bones, or treat dispensing toys are great options for keeping your dog distracted from the noise.

Naturally Calming Products

CBD 

CBD contains many therapeutic cannabinoids that can benefit your pet, and is the most effective remedy for anxiety on July 4. In addition to anxiety, it can also help with pain and inflammation, compromised immune systems, stress responses, aggression, seizures, epilepsy, cancer symptoms, digestive issues, separation anxiety, grooming, car rides, panic, obsessive behavior, and socializing with animals or people.

Our line of CBD products comes in multiple forms, from capsules, to tinctures or treats. Like medication, CBD takes some time to build up in your pet’s system, so we recommend giving it to your pet at least two weeks prior and dosing regularly until July 4th. Read more about these products to decide which product will work best for your pet. As always, we’re here to help answer any questions!

American Shaman CBD

CBD American Shaman contains high amounts of CBD. A wide variety of oils are 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.

Treatibles

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!

Restorative Botanicals

Restorative Botanicals 4Paws Pet Blend provides non-psychoactive calming relief for both dogs and cats. It’s made from Certified Colorado Hemp, a blend designed to keep your companion feeling calm, healthy, and comfortable.

Charlotte’s Web Paws

Charlotte’s Web’s hemp extract oil is easily digestible and healthy. It helps dogs to maintain a sense of calm, and is made from 100% USA Grown Hemp.

Other Naturally Calming Products 

If CBD isn’t the route you choose for your pet, we have plenty of other naturally calming products for your companion, a better and safer option than prescription sedatives.

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.

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.

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.

Calming Essential Oil: This custom Brookside Barkery blend was specifically formulated for pets that utilize calming properties of aromatherapy. The combination of lavender, ylang ylang, and coconut oils can bring tranquility to the most stressed pet. Rub the formula in between your hands and pat your palms along your dog’s back and paw pads for a calming essential oil treatment.

Bach Flower Rescue Remedy – Dr. Bach’s most famous Flower Essence formula, Rescue Remedy, is one of the world’s best known natural stress relief remedies. This formula is made from five of the Doctor’s original 38 flower Essences: Cherry Plum, Clematis, Impatiens, Rock Rose, and Star of Bethlehem. This all-natural form of healing can help reduce everyday stress and is effective for both pets & humans!

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.