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Friday, July 01, 2011

Calming The Wild Fireworks Beast In Your Dog

Since today is the official start of the Fourth of July weekend, we thought we'd pass on these tips for easing your canine through the booms and blasts that are sure to ensue, as we celebrate our nation's independence.

First, one tip from us via Parental Unit's sister and her rescued dog, Mugsy, who barks incessantly at fireworks: take precautions and be alert from today through July 5th at least. Although you can mark the places and times of the major fireworks displays in your community, you may not catch all of them, and you can never account for the erant firecrackers set off by youngsters at any time-so remain vigilant throughout the weekend because...

According to these tips from Cesar Millan, the "Dog Whisperer, "More dogs run away on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year." Read his thorough explanation, published in his most recent weekly newsletter, about what you can do to address your dog's fears, and whether you should take your dog with you to the fireworks display, leave him home alone, or something in between, and how to address each option: www.cesarsway.com/tips/seasonal/Fourth-of-July

We thought you also might enjoy this detailed article on pet aromatherapy, written by Dr. Richard Palmquist, chief of Integrative Health Services at Centinela Animal Hospital in Inglewood, California, because some of the essential oils that he discusses for use with your pets are known to provide calming effects, such as lavender oil. But please read this article thoroughly before trying this at home! There are only certain oils, known as "essential oils" that are safe to use near pets, and even those can be toxic if used in the wrong amounts. Remember: A dog's sense of smell is much more acute than our human companions!

Dr. Palmquist provides a brief history of essential oils and outlines those that are safe to consider to help your pet, both physically and emotionally. But he cautions that before you take the leap, you should consult with your veterinarian because "they are powerful and can cause a wide variety of adverse effects", if used improperly. And besides that, your veterinarian should always know what you're using to treat your pet.
So enjoy the full article here: www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-palmquist-dvm/pet-aromatherapy_b_877199.html

Have a safe and fun Fourth of July weekend!

Meanwhile, back at the farmstead...did someone say fireworks?


George The Lad said...

Hi Bocci, I think I'm pretty safe from fireworks, I hope!!, love your photo you're looking hansome :)
Have A Good Week
See Yea George xxx

Jake of Florida said...

Thanks Bocci! One of us (me, Jake)stays pretty cool during fireworks. The other (JH) goes completely bonkers and has been known to either go limp or bolt if he happens to be outside when someone shoots a firecracker off unexpectedly.

Forewarned is forepawed!!!

Happy Fourth!

Wirey woofs,

Jake (and Just Harry)

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

thanks for this important info! You have a happy and safe 4th too!

The Daily Pip said...

I have never been bothered by fireworks, but I know most dogs are - stay safe everybody!

Your pal, Pip

Lorenza said...

Hi, Bocci!
Yes. I don't care about fireworks but there are lots of our friends who get scared by them!
I hope you have a great weekend!
Happy 4th of July!
Kisses and hugs

Sherry said...

Alanis gets very scared by the noise. Melatonin helps a bit, 3 mg given before the noise starts.

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! I don't like the Sounds ... mom is trying something new this year n hoping it will work. Happy BLOG HOP 4th Weekend. have FUN n Safe. Drop by my blog today for a Tasty Treat. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Cheryl and Kirby said...

Hi Bocci!
Mom and I like your post on essential oils, Mom is trying some on me right now as a suggestion from my trainer. She also told us about the lavendar one, mom is going to try that one today!

Happy 4th dude!


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