With the Labour Day around the corner there are lots of things to celebrate: the CNE is in town, fireworks, the Air Show, back to school…ok maybe somethings are more exciting than others. This time of year makes us all a bit anxious, including our dogs. Some dogs are so anxious during loud noises they will either spend their time cowering under the table, or if they’re like my dog, the bathtub, or worse, run away. If your dog is one of those high anxious dogs you may want to try a couple of these tips to help make the celebrations a bit more relaxing for everyone in the family.
- Keep your dog indoors or on a leash: Even the calmest dog can spook when they hear a loud bang. By keeping them close by you can ensure they don’t run off to hide.
- Adaptil: This is an appeasing pheromone naturally found in lactating dogs. The pheromone is released as the puppies nurse, making them feel calm. They have been able to synthesize this pheromone and is currently available as a spray or collar. For short term stressors we would recommend spraying their bed or a bandanna. The pheromone (that only dogs can smell) will last for 5 hours in the environment.
- Zylkene: A supplement containing hydrolyzed milk protein, an ingredient that has calming properties. Zylkene comes in capsules and chews and should be started a few days prior to any stressful situation.
- Thundershirt: this is a snug fitting shirt that applies gentle constant pressure on the dog’s chest. This technique has been used to successfully reduce anxiety for many years. This product also comes with a 100% guarantee! If you are not happy with the results, you can return the shirt for a full reimbursement.
In very stressful situations such as the Air Show this weekend, we would recommend Applying all 4 of these techniques. Spray the Thundershit with the Adaptil and keep your dog inside. If you have any questions about these products, or if you would like to try the Adaptil, Zylkene or Thundershirt, please stop by the clinic, we would be happy to help.