Fourth Of July and Your Pets From Pooch Parlor Of Spokane
This is a re-post from the blog on www.SpokaneGrapevine.com
With America’s birthday just around the corner I thought I would take a moment to talk about this holiday. It brings us great joy as we celebrate our freedom’s. However this isn’t a grand time for most of our furry friend’s. Dogs can hear four times the distance humans can. Their ears are also better designed to gather more of the available sound wave – they have 15 different muscles that move their ears in all directions, plus they can move one ear at a time – and independently of the other to absorb even more information! What does this mean? Well here’s how it was explained to me. Visualization only! Take a large pot and stick it on your head. Now hand your spouse a metal spoon and have them beat on it for ten minutes, hand someone else a strobe light. While your spouse is beating on the outside of the pot have the other person turn the strobe light on and hold it up under the pot. Now times that experience by several hours. I was shocked. I never really thought about it. I know that their senses are way more acute than ours. But didn’t realize until it was put into people terms just exactly what that meant.. Visualization only!
What are the signs of noise phobia?
Trying to escape (digging, jumping through windows or going through walls, running away)
Seeking the owner
Expressing hole glands
Not listening to commands
Trembling or shaking
Here are some thing’s that may help your pet during the Fourth of July.
Leave your dog at home.
Take your dog for a long walk before the festivities start. This will give them a chance to potty and the exercise may tire them out.
If you have a basement take your pet down there with food, water ,bed, toy’s. Turn the TV (turn it to something mellow-no cop show’s, NASCAR racing ,etc.) or radio (again mellow-classical, soothing) on. If you don’t have a basement put them in the quietest room in the house. Be sure and add white noise-T.V. or Radio a bit louder than normal. Close the window’s and door’s as well as the blinds.
Try a pheromone product like Comfort Zone with D.A.P. which can help relax your dog. Plan on exposing your dog to the pheromones at least a couple of weeks ahead of time.
REMEMBER: Your pet can hear fireworks that are miles away.
Fourth of July Safety Tips from the ASPCA
For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including the four-legged members of the household. While it may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods and products can be potentially hazardous to your pets. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips:
- Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.
- Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.
- Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.
- Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pets severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.
- Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.
- Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. Ingestions can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.
- Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.
- Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.
May you all have a safe and happy 4th. Of July!
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Happy tails and wags to you!