The weather is finally getting warmer along with the onset of various storms and outdoor noises that we seldom hear the rest of the year. With the holidays upon us, we prepare for picnics, barbeques, family gatherings and outings to celebrate Independence Day. If you are anything like me you also look forward to the gorgeous fireworks displays put on by most local municipalities. It can be a great time for people but a potential fear and despair for your dog. Your local Rockford area veterinarian at http://www.petswelcome.com/illinois/rockford/veterinarians.html can give you further advice on how to help your dog through loud, disturbing noises.
Some dogs are not disturbed by sudden sharp noises. However, many dogs react to the sudden sounds of the fireworks. Even if your dog has never reacted to loud noises before, they can suddenly be bothered by these noises along with the bright flashing lights.
Some dogs will show their fears by pacing, panting, barking, trying to get away, salivating and trembling. It is sad to see and trying to console them does not work. Here are tips you can try to help your dog through the fireworks displays.
· First and foremost, do not take your dog to a fireworks display. That would be like taking someone who is afraid of heights and take them to the edge of the tallest building.
· Stay home with your dog if you can, allowing for a quiet calm room. If you must leave him alone, provide what is considered comfort and safety for your dog. (Our dogs love their crates and feel safest there). Turn on other noises as distractions such as TV, radio or loud air conditioner. If your dog is loose in the home, be sure there is a comfortable hiding place if he does get scared.
· Trying to reassure your dog during the situation with extra love, attention and words sometimes only makes things worse.
· It is best that you act calm and don’t make a big deal about any of the noises around (as if they were not there). Most dogs feed off of our feelings and emotions.
· Be sure your dog is up-to-date with a collar and tags and/or a microchip at all times. You want to be sure that if your dog is scared and runs off, he can be identified and returned to you.
Holidays should be happy and fun for all, including your precious pup. Following these simple tips can help for a more enjoyable time without the added stress for you and your best canine friend.
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For Vet assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out – http://www.rockfordvetclinics.com/, http://bellwoodvets.com/, http://www.petswelcome.com/illinois/rockford/veterinarians.html http://www.perryvillepet.com/, http://bellwoodvets.com/services_surgical.php – for all cat issues, go to – http://local.catster.com/Spay_Neutering_Rockford_IL-p3154-Rockford_IL.html
For all your pets needs in Rockford, go to your local PETCO – 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 – http://www.petco.com/or your local PETSMART – 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 – http://stores.petsmart.com/result-details.php?store=493 – PETLAND, (815) 332-4200 – www.petland.com/
For many of your pets essentials, visit your local Rockford area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations – 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 – 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 –
3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 – 2454 S. Alpine Rd.,
Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 – http://www.cvsphoto.com/home
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