Ways we can reduce stress levels in pets during firework celebrations, thunderstorms and more…
With the arrival of summer to our beautiful Gulf Coast region of Florida, we hope you are enjoying this very warm, yet fun time of year. There is never a lack of activities to enjoy with our human and pet families around the areas of Sarasota and Manatee counties and summer events are no exception. It is important to note with the increase of summertime activities, pets also have special needs with each seasonal change. We should always keep the safety and well-being of our beloved pets in mind as their stress levels can increase during this time when fireworks, public outings and thunderstorms are abundant.
With the July 4th Holiday approaching, pets can have adverse reactions to abrupt sounds such as fireworks, loud music and the gathering of crowds as we celebrate America’s Independence. In general, the summer months can be packed full of events and celebrations that cause anxiety for pets, not just fireworks. Intense thunder and lightning storms become more frequent during this time and it is very common for pets to become very nervous during severe weather. Family vacations, out-of-town-guests and an increase in travel with your pet(s) can also create anxious situations, yet owners can take several proactive steps before a pet’s stress level begins to rise.
The following suggestions are ways to help protect and calm your pet(s) during stressful situations:
At Braden River Animal Hospital and North River Animal Hospital, we are available to offer our medical and behavioral expertise if you have a pet who is easily stressed. Discussing anxiety-related issues with one of our veterinarians can assist us in helping you formulate ways to help alleviate stressors that can impact the quality of your pet’s life.