July 4th Discussion
Did you know that more pets are lost on the 4th of July then any other day of the year. Unlike us they do not enjoy the sound of big, booming fireworks, the flash of lights and the smell of burnt powder. It is a scary time for most pets. So what can you do to help reduce their stress level and keep them safe through the holiday?
As your Veterinarians it is our job to educate and provide advice and treatment options for the health and well-being of your pet. Below are some helpful hints to get you through the holiday safely and with remedies to help reduce stress and anxiety for both you and your pet.
Let's discuss safety. With increased risk of pets being lost during the holiday here are a few suggestions.
Make sure all pets are kept inside and away from the loud noises and chaos. Do not bring your pets with you to "watch" fireworks, as much as your pet will love being with you, they will much prefer a quiet, safe, evening at home.
You will want to make sure your pet is wearing a comfortable, well fitted collar with a current ID tag. Please check that the information is easy to read and has current information displayed.
In the event that the collar or tag falls off or is not legible, we recommend having your pet microchipped as a back up for identification. Microchipping is a safe and effective method to ID your pet that cannot be lost or damaged. It is a small microprocessor placed below the skin that contains a number specific to your pet. Most shelters, rescues and veterinary hospitals have a microchip reader that will scan and identify your pet's microchip number. Microchips are ONLY effective if the information is current and up-to-date. Make sure you know what company your pets microchip is registered to, and that the information on file is current and up-to-date.
If you do not know or have this information please feel free to stop by our office we will happily scan your pet complimentary and assist you with updating your information. If your pet is not yet microchipped we recommend making an appointment to have that service completed here at our office. We will be extending a microchip special through the month of July if you mention this newsletter.
Let's talk anxiety!!! Many households have one or more pets that suffer from mild to severe anxiety. Anxiety to loud noises, separation anxiety etc. Anxiety is a real and growing problem, but I am here to tell you there are options to reduce the effects of anxiety and provide relief to both pet and owner.
The latest is a prescription veterinary medicine for treating anxiety over loud noises is a product called Sileo by Zoetis. It is fast acting gel that provides rapid results, but does not have lasting effects and wears off within hours. It comes in prefilled syringes (NO NEEDLES) with a dial you set based on your dogs weight. It is given orally and begins working within 30-60 minutes and lasts up to 2-4 hours. Each syringe holds approximately 2 doses.
There are other oral medications that can be given that treat anxiety differently depending on the pet. Some of the most commonly used are:
Non-prescription options are:
Zylkene- A neutraceuetical powder used in both dogs and cats.
Thundershirts - A form fitting vest