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Senior Times - June 2016 Page 3
By: Sherii Sherban, Publisher, Senior Times
Taking extra care steps for your pets will help keep them stay safe all summer and through special family events and holidays like Independence Day.
Our pets are more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells than we are, so summer-time festivities can quickly become frightening.
Make sounds less scary to your dog.
Firecrackers, thunder, and other loud, out-of-nowhere sounds often leave dogs frightened and wanting to flee to a safer place.
These types of fears may develop even if your dog has had no traumatic experiences associated with the sound. Many fear-related problems can be successfully resolved. If left untreated, however, your dog’s fearful behavior will probably get worse.
Outlet for anxiety: destruction and escaping. Many pets can become over- whelmed by the noise and commotion associated with parties, parades and fireworks displays. Your pet may become frightened and try to flee the sights and sounds. This is so common that many
pets get lost and end up in animal shelters. Not surprisingly, shelters report a dramatic increase in lost pets during the holiday. You can help prevent this by providing them with a safe, secure place to stay while you enjoy these kinds of activities.
In addition to escaping your pet may choose destruction to reduce her fear.
For some dogs, just the activity or physical exertion associated with one
of these behaviors may be an outlet for their anxiety. Unfortunately, escape and/or
destructive behavior can be a problem for you and could also result in physical injury to your dog.
Fear by association. Your dog may
also begin to associate a particular startling noise with other things in her environment, and she may grow afraid of these other things because she associates them with the loud noise that frightens her. For example, dogs who are afraid of thunder may later become afraid of the wind, dark clouds
and flashes of light that often precede the sound of thunder.
Dogs who do not like the sound of firecrackers may become fearful of the children who have the firecrackers or may become afraid to go in the backyard, if that’s where they usually hear the noise.
Ensure your pet is wearing a collar
and identification tag with current contact information so you can be reunited quickly if your pet does escape. All pets, even those kept indoors full-time, should
wear collars with identification tags at
all times. Indoor-only animals can become so frightened during fireworks displays that they take desperate measures to escape the noise, such as breaking through window or door screens.
As an extra precaution, it’s a good idea to have your pet micro chipped, with your current contact information registered with the chip company. If your pet does become lost, contact your local animal control and surrounding shelters immediately.
If you find a lost pet, either take her to the address on the tag or bring her to the local animal shelter so she can be reunited with her family.
Keep all pets safely confined indoors on the 4th and the few days before and after your festivities, when people may
be inclined to set off fireworks. There are many family and group activities that are perfect for pets, but a public fireworks display or any other type of gathering where fireworks will be set off usually isn’t one of them. It’s best to leave your pets safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on to dampen jarring noises. Pets usually kept outdoors should be brought inside as an extra measure of safety. And if you must take your pet with you to an Independence Day event, keep him leashed and under your direct control at all times.
Consult your veterinarian if your pet
is distressed by loud noises like fireworks displays. Your veterinarian may be able to recommend medications and techniques to help alleviate your pet’s fear and anxiety.
Publisher’s Note: While you want to bring your loved one, also known to others as the family pet, with you on a trip avoid leaving them alone in a parked car. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise to dangerous levels within minutes. Even when the temperature outside is a balmy 72 degrees, the temperature inside your car can rocket to a fatal 116 degrees in less than an hour’s time. Additionally, a dog in a car is an invitation for theft, of the dog, the car, or both. Protect your pet by taking him with you when you leave the car, or leaving him at home if he cannot join your activities.
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