Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Sedatives and anti-anxiety medications are not necessarily what you'd expect to pick up for a fourth of July celebration but dog owners all across Wichita are stocking up on drugs for their pets to keep them calm during fireworks shows.
By the time fireworks start appearing in the sky, all five of Rhiannon Reicher's dogs will be inside and calm, thanks to a sedative prescribed by their vet.
“I just want to prevent it because I don't want them be terrified,” Reicher said.
Reicher is speaking from experience. A few years ago, another one of her dogs jumped through their front window on the fourth of July.
"One of the big firecrackers shot off and he just jumped through and took off running and we couldn't find him for quite a while,” Reicher said.
Reicher's dogs aren't the only ones seriously spooked by fireworks.
This week, Dr. Mollie Lusk with Caring Hands Veterinary Clinic has seen about ten dogs a day.
"They're blood pressure goes up some of them get anxious they start pacing. If they feel like they need to escape they can break through things and get lacerations or cuts. So it can lead to quite a bit of danger,” Dr. Lusk said.
She says every Independence Day, they make sure they're stocked up sedatives and anti-anxiety medications.
"I think we've already filled 5 meds this morning,” Dr. Lusk said.
For Rhinannon Reicher, visiting the vet has become a fourth of July tradition to make sure her entire family is relaxed and safe when firecrackers start bursting in air.
There are a few other options besides medication to keep your dog calm. Like Thundershirts , which fit tightly on your dog and can be very comforting. You can also put them in a small room or confined space and turn on the TV or radio to drown out the noise.