It is not all picnics, parties, and parades for our fur babies. All the fun and festive events can stress your pets out. From being scared to full-blown panic attacks here are some tips on how to keep your pet safe during the holiday.

Fireworks and other noises can you pet and frighten them, increasing the risk that they get startled and run away.

Make sure that your pet has a collar on with identification tags.

If your pet is not microchipped, schedule an appointment today! Any of our pet nurses can implant a microchip in a matter of minutes.

If your pets have microchips, make sure that the microchip is registered with all of your current contact information. If you need assistance with this, please call us.

Leave your pet at home.

Taking your pet to unfamiliar places, with lots of festivities fireworks and loud music will only compound and multiply their anxieties.

  • Create a safe and escape-proof room or crate. Do not allow them access to the outside.
  • Turn on the TV or the radio so that some noises will be drowned out.
  • Leave the lights on.
  • Play and exercise your pet before. Expending extra energy will help reduce your pet’s anxiety level.

Be your pet’s hero.

If your pet has already shown you that loud noises (including thunderstorms) can distress them and cause unwanted behaviors, stay at home. Being alone and scared is so much worse than just being scared.

Calming alternatives

Not every pet is the same and results may vary, but these have all been effective for some pets:

Using synthetic calming pheromones in your home can reduce stress-related behaviors. These products mimic pheromones that can be recognized by your pet, which helps them feel calm, safe, and comfortable. Call, email, or stop by and review your options with one of our staff members

Using an anxiety vest mimics a hug. It applies constant pressure to your pet’s torso. Human and animal research has shown that this type of pressure can release hormones that are calming. Studies have shown that this type of pressure is beneficial lots of pets.

Prescription medications: In some cases, many pet owners that have implemented multiple techniques to prevent their pet from becoming too anxious only to find their pet in full-blown panic attacks. Some medications can be prescribed to help your pet remain as calm as possible. Discuss this with your vet at your next visit, so you both can come up with a plan that is best for your pet.