Canada Day Safety for Pets
Katherine Bryson, RVT
Canada day is quickly approaching; do you know how to keep your pet safe during this patriotic holiday?
Canada day is such a great holiday, how fun for people all over the country to come together and celebrate such a great nation. Unfortunately, our pets don’t feel as strongly about this holiday as we do. Canada day can be very scary to pets, especially dogs. We at New Perth Animal Hospital would like to give you some tools to make this day as great for your pets as it is for you.
Let’s talk about stress and anxiety in dogs. Dogs don’t demonstrate stress the way that you or I do. Normal behaviour that we associate with being hot and tired are often signs that your dog may be uncomfortable with a situation. Have you ever noticed your dog panting excessively when it doesn’t seem hot? Yawning? Licking their muzzle? Pacing? If you said yes to any of these, your pet has probably been placed in a stressful situation that you didn’t even realize was stressful. The easiest way to calm your pet is to remove them from the stressful situation. There are products available to help your dogs anxiety, when avoidance isn’t enough. A neat product called Adaptil is a pheromone that only dogs can smell; it is available in a spray, diffuser or collar and is designed to calm the dog. Another neat product that is available is called a Thunder shirt; these are tight sweaters that the dog wears and have been shown to prevent anxiety, they are available at pet stores and on-line. If these products don’t help anti-anxiety medications are available by prescription that may be used in conjunction with the above products. These are only available from a licensed veterinarian and a exam is required before the medication is dispensed.
Let’s talk about fireworks. They are loud, colourful and so exciting for us, dogs don’t think as highly of this event. Every year Veterinarians and Humane Societies across the country are flooded with lost pets on July 2nd. But, why? Often when dogs that are left outside or taken to the firework display they are spooked, scared and run away. This can be easily prevented by keeping your pet inside during these events. If there is no other option and you must take your dog with you ensure that your dog has a properly fitting collar. If a dog can slip out of a collar, THEY WILL! Have your animal wear a name tag on their collar or have a microchip implanted so they can be returned to you quickly if they do escape. Use the resources mentioned in the above paragraph and if you notice your dog becoming stressed or anxious take them home.
We at New Perth Animal Hospital want Canada day to be fun for the whole family, pets included! If you have any questions about the information above to not hesitate to call us at 838-1800. Let’s work together this year to make Canada day safe for our furry family members and make sure there are no missing pets on July 2nd.