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Keeping Your Furry Family Calm During Storms and Festivities

As we approach storm season, Diwali, and Guy Fawkes, it’s time to ensure that our four-legged family members feel safe and secure during potentially stressful times. Just like how we prepare ourselves, it’s essential to be mindful of our pets who may perceive loud noises as more than just a nuisance.

Is Your Dog Scared of the Noise?
Watch out for signs that your dog might be stressed and scared. These can include panting, pacing, trembling, sticking close to you, excessive salivation, vocalization, destructive behaviour, indoor accidents, or even self-harm.

Understanding Your Pet’s Sensitivity
Dogs and cats have sharper hearing than humans, making them more susceptible to anxiety-inducing sounds. To create a haven for your pet, consider establishing a safe space with positive associations. Draw the curtains, use white noise, or play soothing music to reduce both light and noise levels.

Extra Comfort Measures
Enhance your pet’s environment with pheromone diffusers or sprays to provide that extra layer of reassurance. While being with them is crucial, be cautious not to unintentionally reinforce fearful behaviour through excessive stroking. Instead, try distracting them with play or offering a comforting chew toy. Some pets find relief in “thundershirts,” which can provide a calming sensation.

Medication for Calmness
If your pet requires medication, plan ahead. Oral medications typically take 30 to 60 minutes to take effect, so administering them in advance is key. For pets with true noise phobias, stronger medication may be necessary to prevent self-harm. Consult with your veterinarian to explore over-the-counter options or discuss more potent solutions tailored to your pet’s needs.

Sedative Consults at Your Service
For those seeking professional guidance, our sedative consults are available at R200 per dog. Ensuring your pet’s well-being during stressful times is an investment in their long-term health and happiness.

Remember, a little extra care goes a long way in ensuring your beloved pets feel safe, secure, and loved during potentially challenging moments.