Pet anxiety advice from your Veterinain in Richmond
Pet anxiety is a common concern this time of year according to your veterinarian in Richmond. With summer thunderstorms and July 4th holidays, it isn’t any wonder your pet may be terrified with all the extra excitement and noise. At Advanced Animal Care, we like to help our pet owners keep their pets healthy, happy and stress free. Here are a few things you can do to keep your pet safe and calm this summer.
Roaring Summer Thunderstorms
Some pets are worse than others when it comes to thunderstorms. Any pet owner who has more than one pet can tell you that pet anxiety is unique to each pet. Some pets will sense a thunderstorm far away and begin getting anxious. You may notice they will pace and pant. They may drool or shake. These are all signs pet anxiety is getting the best of your pet.
You can avoid pet anxiety caused by thunderstorms by staying in a small room or closet with your pet before the storm arrives. You may want to play music or turn a small TV on to help block out the noise. Some pets will enjoy a nap with their owner during the storm. Finding a comfortable spot where your pet feels safe is the key to reducing pet anxiety.
4th of July Fireworks
Your pet may do fine until he or she hears the boom of nearby fireworks. It can be terribly upsetting to your pet to hear the loud sounds and smell the fireworks going off in your neighborhood around July 4th. Bring your pet indoors during the week of July 4th. Many people begin letting fireworks off early and on into the weekend after July 4th. Like thunderstorms, you can keep your pet in a place where they feel safe. The TV or soft music can help muffle the sounds of fireworks. This is the week many pets get lost. Pet anxiety can cause your pet to act different than usual. It is a good idea to make sure you have pet I.D. tags on your pet. If you have never considered a microchip for your pet, your Richmond veterinarian will be happy to discuss this with you.
Entertaining This Summer
Summertime is a great time for entertaining and outdoor BBQs. Your pet may need to stay away from the excitement if pet anxiety is an issue for him or her. You may find extra people and extra noise is all it takes to cause your pet to display bad behaviors associated with pet anxiety. They may hide, urinate, or become snappy with the extra excitement.
You can keep your pet and your guests safe by keeping them in a quiet room while the party is going on. It may be a good idea to allow your pet to spend time alone prior to the party so they can get used to the room and feel safe there. If you find music is soothing to your pet it can be a good distraction.
Help From Your Richmond Veterinarian
Having a pet with extreme pet anxiety is hard on you and your pet. In some cases medication or behavior modification may be necessary. If your pet is over stressed and showing signs of anxiety, be sure and talk with your veterinarian in Richmond. They can help determine if there is an underlying cause for their symptoms or if medical help is necessary. Sometimes pets get more anxious as they age. Like people, when they are older they may not tolerate noise as well as they did when they were young. Heat can also cause your pet to react differently. If you have any questions about your pet’s anxiety, call Advanced Animal Care and we will be happy to help you.