Holiday Weekend Advice For Pet Owners

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Friday, July 1, 2011

The loud booming sound from fireworks are not a welcomed sound for many household pets with a noise phobia. Dr. Randy Oehmke of the All Creatures Veterinary Hospital suggest creating some safe havens for pets.

"If they're nervous and anxious during the fireworks, try to find a nice, warm, safe place for them to try to hide out," said Dr. Oehmke.

"I just comfort them or maybe take them to a different place in the house, put them in the bathroom, or some place to kind of comfort them," said Lana Symonds, pet owner.

Keeping pets indoors and away from windows can make them feel safe. Turning on the television or radio may muffle the sound of the fireworks. Some over the counter medications like Benadryl are usually the last resort for pet owners. For dogs and cats with high anxiety, a veterinarian can prescribe an anti-anxiety medication like Valium.

"I hate to tranquilize them or sedate them but if we can use just enough medicine to take the edge off, yet, not enough to cause them to be sedated, that's our goal with the therapy," said Dr. Oehmke.

With triple digit temperatures continuing this weekend, pets may also experience some weather related problems.

Veterinarians suggest keeping pets indoors as much as possible. If pets are outside, find shaded and well ventilated areas, and keep plenty of fresh water to quench their thirst. Also, those extra scraps on the table may not be good for pets.

"I would just try to avoid giving food that they're not used to or if you do, small portions and no bones," said Dr. Oehmke.

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