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Sunday, June 29, 2014


We all know pets can be unpredictable during stressful or noisy situations.  So the following are a few tips to help our pets stay safe during the holiday celebrations.

  1. Make sure your pet has up-to-date identification tags.
  2. We all like to be with our pets during fun family events but where fireworks or firecrackers are involved it's best to leave your pet safely at home.
  3. Make sure windows and doors are securely closed.
  4. You could leave some music playing for comfort purposes as well as to help mask noises they may hear at home.
  5. If you are concerned that your pet may become uncontrollably anxious while at home alone, you could discuss with your vet the possibility of sedation.
  6. There are other products available that may help.  Rescue Remedy is a natural herbal formula that has had good results.  A few drops are place on a pet treat or in your pet's water or even rubbed on their belly and it will last 8-10 hours. There are also Anxiety Wraps or Thundershirts which have had good results.  These are only worn when needed and work by using pressure points to help with calming.
  7. If you do happen to lose a pet, make sure to put out some food and water as well as a blanket or bed that will provide comfort for them in case they return while you are away.
  8. While it's always smart to check with your local shelters, we've also had great success networking through facebook to help reunite lost pets.

 Happy Independence Day!

Be Safe!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Minimizing Pet Stress During Moving

Let’s face it, no one likes to move.  It’s one very stressful situation for the whole family and that includes the family pets!  I recently watched my friend struggle through a very stressful move across the country with her family which included one dog, three cats, and four goats.  There were so many things to consider I thought I’d share some of the things I learned.

If at all possible plan ahead, and start your packing early to avoid last minute panic.

For out-of-state moves, talk with your veterinarian or the state vet about entry regulations for your particular state.  Make sure this is done early so everything is in order in plenty of time for your move.  You will also want to schedule a visit with your vet to make sure all your pet’s shots are up to date.  You will also likely need a health certificate and rabies certificate for crossing state lines.

Get updated tags with your new phone/address before the big move and make sure your pets are wearing them at move time so if anything unforeseen happens, you can be contacted.    

In the weeks leading up to the move, prepare your pets by gradually acclimating them to their crates. Leave the crates open with a little food inside and a blanket.  When they are comfortable spending time in the crate it will make traveling in the crate less stressful.

Keep your pet’s routine with feeding, walking, playtime as normal as possible.  Even if you need to take a break from your packing to get in a little puppy playtime, this will help minimize their stress.

Before movers start showing up, make a pet room.  Place their crates, food, water, some toys, whatever they need to make them feel comfortable in the room.  Place a sign on the door that states, “Pet Room, Do Not Open.” This will keep anyone from getting stressed and running off at the last minute.

When you arrive at your new home try the same idea.  Set up one room as a pet room where they can have a quiet space with their food, water, and toys.  Leave that door closed and let them get acclimated to that room while all the unloading is going on.  Dogs actually adjust better than cats.  Once you arrive in your new home, only let your pet out on a leash, at least until they become familiar with their new home.  You may want to keep cats in the pet room for as long as a week or two until they adjust to the new home. When they seem comfortable, gradually introduce them to other rooms in the house, while keeping some doors shut so as not to overwhelm them by turning them loose with access to the whole house.

Remember animals will pick up on your anxiety and stress and act accordingly, so the more you can try to relax and just roll with it, the better off they will be also.