Hello everypawdy, it’s me again, Bella. In just a few short weeks we will be celebrating another birthday, and America will be 237 years old! The July Fourth holiday is a time for families to gather around the BBQ or the campfire for some really pawesome cookouts and everypawdy has a grand time…except for some of us pets who go totally zonkers at the sound of fireworks. More dogs run away on this holiday than on any other day of the year; all the booms and the bangs just send some of us dogs running in terror trying to find safety.
Dogs are gifted with incredibly good hearing, so we would naturally be more sensitive to noises that are loud, sharp, shrill, and unfamiliar. Dogs can also become super stressed over other unfamiliar circumstances such as the first car ride, the first night in a crate all alone in a new environment after being separated from littermates (imagine being abducted by aliens), airplane travel and going to the vet or the groomer. The good news is that there is help available. Keep calm, hug your dog, and let’s explore some options to help you help your dog.
For those pet pawrents who prefer the natural and holistic methods over prescription drugs, there is NaturVet’s Quiet Moments Calming Aid. I want to draw attention to the word “Aid” because it is best used holistically and in conjunction with providing what a dog perceives as a safe and secure environment. Dogs by nature seek safety in dens: small hidey places that have overhead protection. This is why we crawl under beds, ottomans, chairs and even cars. If you have a dog who reacts frightfully on July Fourth and you loathe the notion of drugging your pet, then consider using Quiet Moments Calming Aid along with a covered crate in a quiet, subdued location away from the hub-bub and noise.
For the dog who seeks to satisfy the natural instinct to den, a crate can represent safety and security during stressful times. Similarly, a small soft-sided carrier approved for in-cabin airline travel or a kennel style carrier for larger dogs work well for dogs being transported either by car or by air. For those dogs who are extra Nervous Nellies about travel, the extra benefit of Quiet Moments Calming Aid can help get them –and you– through the stressful event with less trauma.
Some of us TV Star dogs travel a bit more stylishly when we make pawsonal appearances at celebrity red carpet events. I must admit that elevators and the way they jerk and shake can cause me to toss my kibble, and it just is not pretty to make a mess all over my designer dresses. That’s when I appreciate my Quiet Moments the most. The primary ingredient is chamomile, the herb that has been used by people for centuries for sleep and to calm upset tummies.