It’s nearly storm season in Kentucky and Indiana and before we know it, it will be time for fireworks and other noisy outdoor fun. If your dog or cat becomes anxious or hyperactive because of storms, fireworks or other loud noises, there are solutions to help you and your pet cope. One answer for very stressed pets and pet anxiety is prescription medications, but there are other kinds of products that can help.
Many of our customers have come to rely on NaturVet Quiet Moments chews for both dogs and cats or one of the other over-the-counter stress-relieving products that are a blend of calming herbs for pet anxiety. The herbs are given to the pet in chew or liquid form. These solutions are great for limited time use, such as when a storm is underway or when the event that is causing the stress is short-term, like fireworks at 4th of July.
For more general stress relief, consider a calming pheromone collar. Made specifically for dogs or cats, the collars release compounds that humans do not smell. The collars’ pheromones mimic those produced by a mother dog or cat when they are calming their offspring. The collars provide continuous release of the gentle calmative and are designed for pets that are coping with anxiety caused by separation or by issues with another pet. Pheromone sprays and room diffusers can also be used for short term situations.
In addition to these aids, you will also find the innovative Thundershirt at your neighborhood Feeders Supply. This garment is designed to provide a dramatic calming effect for most dogs, relieving shaking, cowering, excessive barking and other symptoms of stress in thirty minutes or less. It can be used to relieve both noise and separation anxiety. The feline version of Thundershirt is also highly effective in relieving cats’ distress for short periods.
Spring will be here soon. If your pet cowers, trembles and whines during thunderstorms you may find that the use of a calming product or a comforting Thundershirt is the right solution for anxiety. And, if your pet keeps you up when he or she is afraid, you’ll benefit from a peaceful night’s sleep, too.