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WTH?! Save me! No more fireworks or storms, please.

I may be a 90-pound Labrador/Pyrenees dog, but my mommy still calls me ‘Baby V.’ Why? Because sometimes I really need her, especially when there are thunderstorms or fireworks in the area. My mom really hates to give me prescription medicines, so she does a bunch of other wonderful things to make sure I don’t get anxious or stressed. I thought I would share a few tips with you…

  1. For active dogs like me, make sure we get plenty of exercise during the day before the fireworks start or storms roll into the area.
  2. Keep us indoors, if possible. And, it’s okay if you close the blinds and curtains. It helps us to not be frightened by the noise and bright lights. 
  3. Sometimes, we feel safer in our crate or bed. If you put us in our crates, don’t forget to check on us every couple of hours! 
  4. For my cat friends, smear a little butter, tuna juice or meat baby food on their front paws. They’ll start licking it off and go into self-grooming mode, which is calming.
  5. Make chamomile tea ice cubes and keep them in the freezer. Just brew the tea like you normally would and freeze it in ice cube trays. You can even add lavender and passion flower to the cubes.  And, if your dog doesn’t like chamomile tea, add chicken or beef broth to the mixture. Give them to us doggies a couple of hours prior to fireworks and storms. It keeps us pre-occupied and helps calm us. I love to play with mine!
  6. You can also diffuse essential oils like lavender and chamomile to help calm us down. My mom’s favorite oil for this is Calm-A-Mile, which is made specifically for animals. 
  7. Calm both us dogs and kitties with massage. Use light to moderate pressure and make small circles between the eyes, between the midline and the bony crest of the head, and around the ears. And massage the neck (and chin, especially in cats). It feels soooo good! 
  8. Turn on some relaxing tunes! Just like you, it helps to calm us. 
  9. Sometimes after fireworks and storms, my tummy is upset for a few days.  Mom likes to give me Greek yogurt so that I get probiotics in me.
  10. Ask your vet about Melatonin. It’s all-natural and really helps me!

Be safe and healthy, my friends!

Veronica a.k.a. Baby V