Fireworks Again??

Yes, it’s that time of year again.  Here in the Seattle area fireworks are a big business – private individuals as well as communities set off fireworks on and near the 4th.  How do your pets react to fireworks? 

YIKES! Make them stop!!

Many pets become mildly to extremely nervous and stressed with sudden noises in general and with fireworks in particular. 

Remember – even if you can’t hear any fireworks going off in your neighborhood, your dog, cat and/or horse can hear fireworks far in the distance that you can not.

Fortunately, there are products available to support pets of all sizes and shapes during this stressful time.  Here are some options on the market that we carry in our clinic:

  • HomeoPet® Storm Stress and Anxiety TFLN
  • Composure SoftChews by Vetri-Science® – A calming formula providing C3™ *, L-Theanine and Thiamine to support balanced behavior.  *C3™: Colostrum Calming Complex is isolated from colostrum proteins which have a calming effect.  It is best to start giving Composure in advance, well before expected fireworks, to give it time to build up in your pet’s system.  
  • Harmonease® Chewable Tablets – Composed of a natural blend of extracts of Magnolia officinalis and Phellodendron amurense (one of the fundamental herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine).  The tablets help dogs overcome their stress during noisy and fearful times.  It is best to start giving Harmonease® in advance, well before expected fireworks, to give it time to build up in your pet’s system.
  • Thundershirt – Uses gentle, constant pressure to calm your dog, effectively aiding anxiety, fearfulness, barking and more.
  • Adaptil® For dogs only.  A synthetic copy of the natural canine appeasing pheromone proven to help support dogs in a range of stressful situations including fireworks. This product is available as a collar, spray or diffuser.
  • Feliway – For cats only.  A synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone, used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure.  Feliway comes in a spray or diffuser 

If you are not in the Pacific Northwest, your vet may carry some or all of these products.  If you’re unsure what might be most helpful for your pet, call your vet to discuss options.

Pets, Thunderstorms and Fireworks – An article with information, safety tips and links to additional articles about pets and fireworks.

Food and your pet – Food Energetics

My apologies for the gap since our last info-rich post.  As the clinic gets busier during the summer months, we’ve needed to adjust timing a bit.  The good news is, this post has a boatload of great information for you.  And we’ll be working very hard to post more frequently going forward – Yea!

Two of three cuties at their appointment

Most of us know our pets can have mild or severe food allergies.  Your new kitten gets diarrhea every time you feed him a canned food with salmon in it, though that doesn’t happen with the same brand that contains only chicken.  Or your Saint Bernard has the same problem every time you feed her a dry food or treat with corn in it. 

And many of us know how we personally feel different when we eat different foods – eating a salad gives you more energy, while eating a salad calms your best friend down.  But few of us know how to determine what foods may affect our pets in subtle or not-so-subtle ways. 

Today Dr. Frank answers questions on Food Energetics, a fascinating topic he is passionate about.  Continue reading