Pet Scares in the Summertime
Sweltering heat, booming thunder and fireworks that sound like
gunshots ... summer can be a scary and uncomfortable time
for pets. Here’s how you can help them deal.
For our furry friends, a thunderstorm or an intense round of fireworks in the neighborhood can be a highly traumatic event. Dogs with storm phobias can exhibit a variety of behaviors, including:
Hiding in small, enclosed spaces, under beds or furniture, in closets or bathrooms
Intense barking, shrieking, whining or howling
Destructive behavior, like chewing or scratching door frames or window sills
Attempts to escape the house
When the fear hits:
Fear of thunderstorms is made worse for some pets because their people mishandle the early signs of fear either by soothing the pets or punishing them. Soothing a dog (Poor baby! Don’t be afraid. Come here and get a hug!) is an action that actually rewards
the behavior, while punishing a dog for its reaction makes a scary event even more frightening. When puppies and young dogs
show concern, don’t soothe or punish them. Distract them. Give them something positive to do, such as starting a training session with lots of treats or playing a favorite game. In other words, ignore the storm, distract the dog and set the tone by acting unconcerned. It’s of the most importance to be gentle, calm and patient with your dog. Dogs who have a negative reaction to storms or fireworks aren’t being disobedient— they are truly in a state of panic and are looking for help to deal with this traumatic event.
Keeping calm before the (next) storm
Once a dog has developed a fullblown phobia, however, fear of storms can be dangerous to all. Dogs have jumped through windows, bitten when handled or eaten through walls. If your dog is afraid of loud noises, talk to your veterinarian. He or she may make have specific recommendations or refer you to a veterinary behaviorist. A veterinary behaviorist will work with you on
a treatment plan that may include counterconditioning, pheromones or products like anti-anxiety wraps and capes in an effort to help your dog relax during storms. If all else fails, your veterinarian can prescribe a sedative to use just on days when there are
storms or fireworks.
Products that we offer:
Composure™ is recommended for dogs exposed to increased environmental stressors, such as traveling, boarding, thunderstorms, trips to the vet, grooming, and other stressful situations. This formula contains three main ingredients that work together to support calming and relaxation without affecting the dog’s energy levels or personality. The C3™ colostrum calming complex supports stress reduction and cognitive function; L-Theanine helps the body produce other amino acids to bring certain neurotransmitters back into balance; and B vitamins (thiamine) affect the central nervous system to help calm anxious animals. Composure™ Bite-Sized Chews are available in a delicious chicken liver flavored chew to provide easier delivery.
Directions for Use:
Up to 50 lbs: 1 chew daily.
51-100 lbs: 2 chews daily.
Over 100 lbs: 3 chews daily.
Product can be given daily or on an as-needed basis. It is safe to double or triple the dose in times of increased stress.
Active Ingredients Per 1 Chew:
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) 134 mg
C3™ (Colostrum Calming Complex) 22 mg
L-Theanine (Suntheanine® brand) 21 mg
Zylkene is a complementary feed for cats and dogs which contains a natural product, derived from casein, a protein in milk. It is a molecule well known to promote the relaxation of newborns after breastfeeding. Launched in October 2013, Zylkene has become a familiar product for veterinary surgeons, behaviorists, nurses and pet owners for use in helping pets cope when facing unusual and unpredictable situations or before occasions such as a change in their normal environment.
Directions for Use:
Cats & Dogs less then 10 lbs - 1 capsule daily
Dogs 11-22lbs - 2 capsules daily
Dogs 22-32 lbs - 1 capsule daily
Dogs 33-65 lbs- 2 capsules daily
Dogs 33-65 lbs - 1 capsule daily
Dogs 66-132 lbs - 2 capsules daily
How To Use Zylkene
With just once daily administration, Zylkene is very easy to give and is also very palatable and well accepted by both dogs and cats.
There are several ways to administer Zylkene:
By opening the capsule and mixing with your pet's usual food or as a treat.
By mixing with liquids, such as water and/or milk (Zylkene is water soluble).
Ideally, Zylkene supplementation should be started a few days before required, for example before the fireworks season begins or before a kennel or cattery stay. Our pets are often clever at associating differences in our behaviour and relating them to an upcoming change in their environment or lifestyle, especially when the activity is repeated. These changes in our behavior are known as 'cues'. An example is when your dog or cat may have learned that the activity of packing a suitcase means a stay in the kennel or cattery for them.
This is a typical situation where Zylkene should be started the day before you get your suitcase from its normal storage place.
For long term scenarios such a new born baby into the family, Zylkene should be given for a minimum of 1-2 months or even longer if necessary.