Fireworks! Barbeque! Picnics! Independence Day is Awesome! Right? Well, not for everyone. For your canine and feline companions, this holiday can be one of the most stressful times of year. Everything about this holiday seems like it is at odds with our pet’s sensibilities.
While we may think 90 degrees is the perfect weather for relaxing outside, our furry friends may not agree. What we see as a spectacular display of lights, our pets only hear as frightening noise. What we appreciate as a time to get together with friends and family, certain pets may see as a parade of unusual faces. It could be the stress-cherry to top off of their already nerve-wracked sundae.
We here at PetCareRx know how pets feel about how we celebrate America’s independence, and we aim to help you alleviate your cat or dog’s anxiety. Here are a few products that might make you and your pet feel a little more comfortable.
Calming Pet Products
Thundershirt for Dogs: This vest is like magic. It’s patented design applies a constant pressure that resembles a hug to help calm your dog down. Believed to release endorphins, this vest is sure to help your dog cope with all the “bombs bursting in air.”
AKC RenewTrients Clam & Relax: These little liver-flavored lifesavers are a great way to placate your panicky dog. Using a mixture of herbs and vitamins, these treats can make all the difference between your dog being a Nervous Nelly or cool as a cucumber.
Richard's Organics Pet Calm: A 100% natural solution to scaredy cats. Use these drops to soothe your nervous cat during the loud bangs and booms of the fireworks. This remedy works best when you give it to your pet a while before the noise and hubub starts.
Sentry Calming Collar for Cats and Dogs: A nice alternative to the aforementioned ingestibles, this collar goes around your cat or dog’s neck and uses pheromones to keep your pet relaxed under pressure.
Toys and Treats for Occupying Your Pets
Kong Classic and Kong Cat Wubba: Keep your cat or dog from freaking out at the fireworks by keeping them preoccupied with a new toy. We all know that nothing gets their attention like a brand new squeaky chew toy, so why not use that infatuation to your advantage? Kong Classic even as a hideaway for inserting treats, to keep your dog engaged and having fun. After three minutes of batting around their new plaything, they’ll be saying “Fireworks? What fireworks?”
Stella & Chewy’s Carnivore Crunch Beef and Pet Greens Cat Treats: Less for the calming effect, treats made the list more to help keep Fido from jumping up on the picnic table and claiming a few links for himself. He smells special food cooking all day, it’s a little cruel not to share the wealth. Give your pets a little something special they can call their own.
Essential Holiday Safety Kit Supplies
Bamboo Pet Collapsible Silicone Bowl: If you are going to have your furry friend enjoy the festivities outdoors with you, take into account the fact that you most likely will have a cooler full of refreshments as well. Help your pet stay hydrated at the park with this specially designed travel bowl.
ID Tags: If you plan to have your pet outside with you it is essential that they are all collared up and have up-to-date tags. With the chance that they might bolt when hearing the fireworks, it is good to know that they can be identified and safely returned home without much trouble. Better safe than sorry. You may also want to consider a microchip for your pet.
Pet Suite Multi-Use Pet Kennel: Probably the most effective way to prevent a furry firework-related freakout, crating your pet is the favored option by many. Rather than trying to find ways to make your dog or cat feel safer around the sound of explosions, leave them at home where they feel most comfortable. But just in case the scary sounds are close enough to still cause your pet to freak out, or if they tend to get restless when left home alone, putting them in a crate for the duration of the evening may be the best thing.
And there you have it. Everything you need to keep your cats and dogs in good spirits this Independence Day. Enjoy the festivities and stay safe!
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