Stormy Weather, again….

Looks like a tropical storm is headed our way.  Doesn’t seem like it will be much more than a rain maker but they are also calling for lot’s of thunder storms.  This of course will become an issue for many of the pets in our lives.  So the time to prepare is now.

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Rainy Day Dog

If you are using a Thundershirt, you need to start using it before the storms are around.  The reason being if you only put the shirt on your dog when a storm is coming they will anticipate a storm and start to get anxious when you put the shirt on them.  If you put the shirt on and off during calm times when there are no storms they will lose that association.

Give your pet a safe place to go.  Dogs love to have a “den”, a covered or enclosed area where they can go and feel safe.  This could be anything from a crate covered with a towel or blanket, a closet or small room with no windows, I even know a few dogs who like to get in a bathtub during a storm.  Louie G always loves to get in my closet, small, cozy and it smells like me.

Diffusing essential oils to help calm your pet stay calm is my favorite.  I am a big fan of Calm A Mile.  Calm A Mile is a blend of several oils that offer your pet a calm and grounding experience. This is a veterinarian grade essential oils created by Dr Melissa Shelton an Integrative Veterinarian.  Louie G, my standard poodle, is horribly frightened of thunderstorms and

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Rainy Day Dog

fireworks.  If I start diffusing the oil prior to the onset of the commotion, we can win the battle.  You can find this oil and others online at AnimalEO we also keep a small supply of these oils on hand if you are interested in trying them.

We also use Bach Flower Remedies, specifically Rescue Remedy.  Flower remedies are a homeopathic remedy that can be used alone or with other types of treatment.  Rescue Remedy is now made in an animal formula which does not contain any alcohol which some people prefer for their pets.  Typically only a few drops are needed to acheive the desired results.

We have also tried some natural types of calming chews that have had varing degrees of effectivness.  I would definitly check with your vet before choosing one.

Other things to remember during a thunderstorm is that your pet may be affected by all the static electricity in the air.  You can help to cut down on this by rubbing a drier sheet on your pet.  Also remember that your dogs hearing is far greater than ours so if the rain or hail is pounding down on the roof or pavement, they may become fearful.

My best advise is to find the thing that will work best for your pet and use it before the animal is in a frantic state.  Once they have escalated to being terrified it will be near to impossible to calm them down.

I may love a rainy day but I sure do hate a thunderstorm kind of day, I just hate to see Louie G suffer.  So let’s do our best to keep them calm and happy.

Calming Essential Oils

For the past few days we have been diffusing Calm-a-Mile neat, an essential oil blend of German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, Blue Cypress, Frankincense, Clary Sage and Ylang Ylang.  This oil is recommended  to create a calm and grounding sense in the dogs and is available from Animal EO.  I have used this oil when we have other dogs coming to visit, people coming to visit or when we were moving.

This weekend I am using it for Louie G who is terrified of the thunder and yes being 4th of July, fireworks.

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Louie G calm and happy
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Walter likes sleeping near the diffuser

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Happy St Patty’s Day

Last night we took the dogs out to stroll around downtown and check out the festivities for St Patty. Central Ave sported a block party by Crowleys with beer, corned beef and cabbage and a stage with Irish Bands.

A little further down the street we stopped into the Ale & Witch. Typically entering this venue we have to be aware of our surrounding due to the amount of dogs that are in the courtyard. As you might remember Louie and Walter tend to be reactive to other dogs. Louie out of fear and Walter to protect.

So we just go the the perimeter and take a peak. The place is packed and the Urban Gypsies are jamming. Our friend Jeff Schorr spots us and comes over. Rob goes to talk to him and the dogs and I settle against the wall. Things are going pretty well, not too many dogs, one old Goldie comes over Louie acts up, I get her to sit and everything settles.

We have learned that an easy way to handle the reactive is to spilt Walter and Louie G up and do the intros one on one then bring the second dog in. We employ this method when the second younger Goldie comes by. Walt did well with his intro. Lou is still unsure. I will need to work on her confidence.

Dog lovers are coming over to say hi and greet the mutts. And they seem to be enjoying all the attention. I make a few friends the dogs make a few new friends and hey maybe we can bring the dogs to these outdoor venues. Just stay head up and intervene before the trouble starts.

So today we will rest after our night of revelry.