Did you know more pets are lost on the 4th of July than any other day during the year? The combination of excitement and noise can be the worst kind of combination for keeping any pet calm. Don’t worry! With a little bit of preparation, you can keep your pet calm, happy, and healthy throughout the holiday!
Remember, it’s important to test-run any calming products before the day you need them. Many of the products can be combined to enhance their effects.
Hemp-derived CBD in two forms: treats and oil tincture. Hemp-derived CBD is completely pet-safe and contains no THC so it will not leave your pet with any “high” effects. CBD works to calm the body, reduce anxiety, and a host of other benefits (hips+joints, neuroprotection...just to name a few)!
If using the oil, be sure to administer outside mealtimes for maximum efficacy. The treats come in different dosage levels depending on the weight of your pet and the severity of the issue. These will not make your pet go to sleep and are safe to use with both cats and dogs!
Pheromones come in a few different forms: diffusers (plug-ins), spray, and collars. These products replicate the natural pheromone that animals give off in the wild to mark their territory or other animals as safe. Vets offices often use these pheromones to keep pets calm and help prevent fighting between clients.
So which form is right for you?
Diffusers: Great for small spaces like an enclosed room, or apartment. If you have a larger area, use multiple diffusers to cover the space.
Collars: Go everywhere with your animal! Ideal if you have a cat that likes to roam around your house, if you are traveling with your pet, or taking a walk.
Spray: Perfect for spraying down your pets favorite bed, kennel, travel carrier, or toy.
We carry a huge array of calming treats that are suitable for any cat or dog! Some of our staff’s favorite products include:
Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming Treats and VetriScience Composure treats both use a combination of a colostrum calming complex, L-Theanine, and Thiamine (Vitamin B1).
Naturvet Quiet Moments uses a combination of chamomile flower, passion flower, thiamine, ginger, L-Tryptophan, and Melatonin to help mellow your pet out. Quiet Moments is available in soft chew form, or tablets for more severe cases.
Thundershirts use pressure on the nervous system to help calm pets down. It’s the same idea as swaddling a baby, the sense of being hugged can help their body remain calm. Thundershirts can be used in combination with any or all of the suggestions above!
If you do get separated from your pet, contact your local animal control and shelter immediately. Found pets are not brought to private adoption centers like the Humane Society first by law.
Multnomah County Shelter: https://multcopets.org/
Clackamas County Shelter: http://www.clackamas.us/dogs/
Washington County Shelter: https://www.co.washington.or.us/HHS/AnimalServices/AnimalShelter/LostandFound/index.cfm
Immediately post about your pet on Craigslist, Facebook, and neighborhood networks like Next Door. The more people looking for your pet, the better! Lost signs around the neighborhood and at local pet stores are another great way to get the word out.
Swing by Pets On Broadway to chat with any of our awesome associates about what calming products are right for your pet!