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A fear of fireworks

Hi All,

Oscar here.

Hope you didnt miss me and musings too much last week. Even cats such as myself (whom you may assume dont do much but sit around all day) need vacations. So last week, I decided to just kick it and give myself a week off from blog writing. I know I make it seem effortless but hey, this stuff takes time! So apologies for not educating you last week but Im back and here with a vengeance!

As you all well know, this weekend marks one of my favorite summer holidays—the fourth of July. Celebrating our nations independence, I bet most of you have a barbecue (or two) planned and may even be heading out of town for the long weekend. But no matter where you end up, its safe to guess that most of you will have a chance to catch some fireworks.

Now, as much as we all adore fireworks, can any of you take a guess which four legged creatures abhor them? If you happened to guess dogs (I mean your chances of guessing correctly were pretty high to begin with but thats cool), youd be correct.dog-fireworks

If youve ever hung out around your pooch during fireworks (or even during an especially loud storm) you mightve witnessed them displaying some sign of distress—around 40% of dogs suffer from noise anxiety. This anxiety manifests itself in a number of ways. Some dogs wedge themselves into very small, tight spaces. Others may start shaking intensely, while others still may try to escape the noise by running away from the space where the fireworks are being held.

Since this is such a common occurrence, there are many schools of thought on how to handle it and even more meds to counteract the negative impact. The most recent noise aversion treatment, Sileo, is a mild sedative to calm your dogs nerves. But whether medication or comfort are your preferred routes to treat this condition, if you do decide to celebrate the fourth with fireworks and hope to keep your pooch by your side, be on the lookout for changes in their behavior, especially if its your dogs first exposure to these fiery wonders. The last thing you need is a miserable pooch to take away from the days fun.

Have happy and safe fourths of July.
Til next time,

Oscar

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