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Noisy holidays!

With noisy holidays around the corner and already past – there are a few of us that have dogs that just don’t like all that racket.  You know the ones I’m talking about – the ones that hide, cower or just completely avoid a noisy situation where they don’t feel comfortable.  For some it’s just uncomfortable – for others it’s stressful or downright terrifying.

There are several ways to helps with these noise phobias.  Most dogs can be helped by behavioral modification, some may need more help in the form of a calming serum (some places like Rescue Remedy make such a product), or for even more terrified dogs, drugs from your vet may be needed.  It’s always recommended to use drugs as the last resort – going towards behavioral modification and natural calming products first.  If these don’t work, then speak with your vet about possible options for your beloved fur child.

Commonly seen signs of noise phobias can include:

  • Shaking, trembling.
  • Excessive drooling.
  • Barking, howling.
  • Trying to hide or get into/out of the house, fence, or other enclosure where they are being kept.
  • Refusing to eat food (this is usually a very large and first indicator of how your pooch is feeling).
  • Some animals may loose bladder or bowel control or experience temporary diarrhea from prolonged stress.

Please note that these signs can also be from other conditions – if they persist long after the loud noises have disappeared, or have been there for a while even before the noises, consult your vet.  Also please note that it is never recommended to scold your pet for having these adverse reactions – this will only intensify the fears that your pet is feeling and is not an effective way to handle the situation.

Above all else – please practice safety when dealing with an animal that has a noise phobia!

You can do the following to ensure that your pet is safe from harm an injury;

  • Use a leash or carrier – if you have a dog that tends to attempt to run away, a flat collar or x-harness is a poor choice.  Most dogs will easily slip out of these.  Also note that chasing a frightened dog will only result in the dog running away faster – usually it is best to keep the dog at home rather then take them to a parade or other noisy events before they are desensitized to the noises.
  • Keep your pet at home – rather then taking Fido to the parade where there will be lots of people, noises and possibly very LOUD noises, leave them at home where they feel safe and secure.
  • Give them a safe place to retreat to – Dogs are den creatures, they feel safe in an enclosed space that is all theirs.  Most owners crate train their dogs for this reason.  Have their crate in a relatively quiet and free area of activity so that they can escape if they feel the need to do so.
  • Play some music! – Most animals, believe it or not, actually like the calm soothing sounds of music – along with this the music provides a welcoming distraction to an already nervous or anxious animal.
  • Sometimes anxiety or nervousness can be exercised out (in dogs specifically) – there are some breeds that if not given the proper amount of mental and physical stimulation, can cause them to be nervous or anxious due to having no outlet for said energy.  Walk them before you leave, make sure that they get ample exercise throughout the day.
  • Above all else – make sure that the ID on your pet is current in the event that they do escape or get away from you, that way you and your loved one can be reunited quickly.

Most of all – have FUN with your pet and enjoy the moments when they are happy!

*Resources – ASPCA articles on safety with pets and fireworks or noise phobias

29th Annual Bark Ball

Saturday, June 11, 2016
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20009

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National Pet Day

Today is a day for pet parents to celebrate their furry, feathered or scaly friends.  Held on April 11th, the holiday was established in 2007 by Colleen Paige, the creator of several other holidays such as National Cat Day.  These holidays were brought about to be a way to promote the option of adopting a family member from local rescues.

How will you celebrate your National Pet Day?  I’ll likely be taking Wedge for a nice long walk in the park!

National Dog Fighting Awareness Day

Dog fighting is one of the most heinous forms of animal cruelty. Fighting dogs are typically raised in isolation, so they spend most of their lives on short, heavy chains. They are regularly conditioned for fighting through the use of drugs, including anabolic steroids to enhance muscle mass and encourage aggressiveness. Fighting dogs may have their ears cropped and tails docked close to their bodies to minimize the animal’s normal body language cues and to limit areas that another dog can grab during a fight. Fighters usually perform this cropping/docking themselves using crude and inhumane techniques.

Read more here…

Every Day Is Tag Day

Of the approximately 10 million companion animals who wander away from home each year, 6 – 8 million wind up in the shelter system. Only 15 percent of the dogs and 2 percent of the cats in U.S. shelters without some form of ID are ever reunited with their human families– a sad statistic which the American Humane Association is combating by deeming the first Saturday in April Every Day is Tag Day.

Although ID tags have long been a tried and true method for returning missing pets, recent years have seen an upsurge in the popularity of micro-chipping. Mandatory in many countries (although still voluntary in the United States since its introduction in 2003), the microchip consists of a small electronic capsule containing a pet parent’s contact information and other vital data about the lost dog or cat which is embedded beneath the animals’ skin. Although the information can be easily retrieved by shelter staff, data which has not been updated to reflect a guardian’s current address or phone number can also mean heartache for both pets and their parents.

Read more here…

April Is A Month Of Pet Holidays

April has an astounding number of pet holidays, almost fifteen!  Along with all those holidays April also holds a special place for just being April.  Spring is in the air, and so are some national monthly celebrations!

National Greyhound Adoption Month.

National Heartworm Awareness Month.

National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. This event is an effort by the American Red Cross to draw attention to the need to know specialized pet first aid.

Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month.

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. (ASCPA)

Tips to Beat the Heat With Your Furry Friend

National Puppy Day

We all love puppies!  Now here’s a day that’s been set aside to celebrate those cute bundles of fur that have come into our lives.  Whether it’s having fun training them, playing with them or cuddling with them, what will you do to celebrate?  Comment below!

Super Pet Expo 2016

March 18March 20
Dulles Expo Center,

4320 Chantilly Shopping Center
Dulles, SC 20153 United States

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at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA.

Thousands of furry tails across the DC area are wagging in anticipation, as the Super Pet Expo is right around the corner.

Friday, 3 pm – 8 pm Saturday, 10 am – 7 pm Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm

Buy Tickets Online

As a once-a-year event, the Expo is a popular destination. While tickets are available for purchase when you arrive, you can skip that wait in line by buying in…

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