Just a reminder as Independence Day Fireworks are but hours away. Dogs and cats hear exponentially more than we do - not only volume, but frequencies we can't hear.
Some pets could care less and for others it is pain and fear beyond belief.
They will gain the strength of 50 football players, contort their bodies in ways you can't begin imagine, squeeze through small spaces, dig under fences, and find anyway they can to escape the loud noises. Electronic containment will not stop a dog from fleeing from fireworks if they are in flight mode.
In addition, and this especially applies to neighborhood fireworks because they are so unexpected, fireworks can have a traumatic effect on veterans with PTSD.
You know your
pet. And, they will often take their cues from you - if you aren't
bothered by the loud noises, sometimes that's all they need. And, in
spite of the day's distractions, be able to recognize when your dog or
cat is becoming uncomfortable.
1. Leave your pets at home. Don't take them to parades or fireworks. No... really... don't.
2. Keep pets safely indoors in a quiet place. If you have a dog or cat who gets upset about fireworks and loud noises, don't let them have the run of the house, keep them enclosed in their crate, their favorite secure safe place (I have a friend whose dog goes and sits in the bathtub during thunderstorms and fireworks), or in a quiet room. Close curtains and blinds and create white noise or sound therapy via tv, radio, MP3, CD, or by running fans.
There are special dog and cat-oriented sound CD's you can purchase or download from Through a Dog's Ear and Through a Cat's Ear. Or, in greater Westerville, pick up Through a Dog's Ear or Through a Cat's Ear on CD at Raisin Rack. There are also free and really excellent long playing music videos on youtube. I can recommend two that are especially calming:
3. Don't leave pets unattended outside at all. As a matter of fact, keep them leashed, even when they are in the yard. If your dog uses a dog door, make sure it is locked shut. Maintain a constant awareness as you open and close doors (sliding or hinged) and move from indoors to out.
Don't leave your dog in a vehicle.
4. Stay home with your pet (or have a trustworthy, undistracted family member or pet care professional stay with your dog or cat).
5. Talk with your veterinarian - if your pet is seriously stressed the vet may recommend medication or you can plan ahead and try a calming supplement such as Bach Rescue Remedy (locally, Raisin Rack carries Rescue Remedy and Bach products) or Spirit Essences. Thunder Shirts and Anxiety Wraps are results not typical for success; it just depends on the pet.
6. Exercise your pets throughout the day. Take your dogs on super long walks (be mindful of heat (cool a dog from beneath), bring water with you), keep them in forward motion (if your dog is used to a treadmill, that works great!), and keep them playing and busy and distracted - a tired dog, that's burned off energy through exercise, has none to burn being concerned about fireworks and will more than likely sleep through the fireworks or be unconcerned.
7. Even if they are going to be indoors, why take the chance - get an I.D. tag for your dog or cat (in addition to the license tag) that includes your name, address, and contact info - nowadays you can pop into places like Pet Supplies Plus and make a tag in minutes - and put a collar with the tags on your pet. If your pet has a chip - make sure your contact information is current and still use the tags as backup I.D.
The Franklin County Animal Shelter picks up more lost dogs July 4th week than any other time of the year. Heartbreaking. All lost dogs in Franklin County go to the shelter (4340 Tamarack Blvd - it's right off Morse Road next to Menard's - 614.525.3647). A huge percentage of licensed dogs in Franklin County are reclaimed. Know it's there, but why put yourself and your dog through that.
The class action lawsuit against Nestle and Purina for harmful ingredients in Beneful dog food has expanded and includes plaintiffs from Ohio.
The products named in the complaint include Purina Beneful Healthy
Weight, Purina Beneful Original, Purina Beneful Incredibites, Purina
Beneful Healthy Growth For Puppies, Purina Beneful Healthy Smile, Purina
Beneful Healthy Fiesta, Purina Beneful Healthy Radiance and Purina
Beneful Playful Life.
No doubt you're starting to see Nestle/Purina's attempt at the warm and fuzzy with the "we make Beneful and feed our dogs Beneful" commercials.
And, according to Reuters, "The
suit also alleges Purina has been contacting injured consumers soon
after they post on social media about their dogs getting sick or the
dangers of Beneful. Plaintiffs claim that Purina offers some consumers a
settlement that requires them to sign an agreement prohibiting any
conversations about the settlement or their experiences with Purina.
Purina's aggressive defense of its product, the company is paying pet
owners' claims and demanding secrecy. 'Why?' is a question Purina should
answer," said Jeff Cereghino, one of the attorneys involved in the
Per the Reuters story, "Symptoms of those affected include stomach and related internal
bleeding, liver malfunction or failure, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration,
weight loss, seizures, bloating and kidney failure, sometimes resulting
Interesting food-for-thought in an article on our interaction with our pets and their healing presence in our life from Spirit Science and Metaphysics dot com. Author Steven Bancarz, observes in his article, Science Proves Cats are Holistic Healers: "Scientific studies have shown time and time again that cats are more than just good pets. They are extremely therapeutic, and may actually be a good form of medicine for people suffering from heart conditions."
A cat's purr can even be medically therapeutic on healing wounds, stress reduction, muscle healing, heart health, bone health, and blood health.
have come across knowledge of two situations just within the past few
months, where a rescue dog was rehomed (a new client - these are people
who were well-intentioned, but more in love with the idea of a family
dog, having no knowledge of the realities; it was in the dog's best
interest to be rehomed, and I applaud them for seeing that), and a dog
was unnecessarily euthanized without a second thought (a story about the
family member of a neighbor of a client - sometimes people tell me
things I wish I'd never heard, because I can't unhear something) because
of a dog bite. Both circumstances escalated because of the pet owners lack of understanding of dogs - dogs as family members and the
effort that comes with that, that dogs are not humans, and understanding
dog energy, point-of-view, physiology, proxemics, and body language.
a dog into a family is more than just a cool idea - you become the
guardian of that animal for life - two species who share an
Every member of the family needs to understand the pets they share a household with.
Having a pet is an enriching experience that cannot be phoned in. It just takes some effort, education, respect... and love.
After nearly 2 months, Wilmington, Ohio K9 Officer Karson is by his partner's side again. Officer Jerry Popp posted on facebook just a little while ago that Karson is sitting next to him and is found! And, Karson is in good health.