Unlike many, I’m not looking forward to 4th of July this year.
I know it’s the “big” holiday of the summer, but let me explain.
Last weekend, my neighbors were already setting off fireworks. This is when I discovered Frank is scared of the loud noise from fireworks.
Frank is one of my puppies. I say puppy, but Frank is 15 months old. One would call him a dog, but his breed (Great Pyrenees and Livestock Guardian Dog mix) isn’t fully grown until they’re about 3 years of age. In many ways, he is still a puppy and probably will always be a puppy to me!
Anyways, last weekend someone near me was setting off booming fireworks, not the screeching kind, and Frank was shaking by the back door in fear of the noises.
After that night, he doesn’t want to be outside after dark, which is very unusual for him. All this week, I’ve been dealing with a dog who’s afraid of loud noises and darkness.
Luckily, my neighbors haven’t set off much fireworks since last weekend. However, this is the week of the 4th of July and people will do stupid things like set off fireworks in the street (even though it’s considered to be illegal) until the 4th and even after.
So I did some research and have been treating Frank’s anxiety and fear with natural remedies. Currently, I’m trying Rescue Remedy, Valerian root, Passion Flower, and CBD oil to see which will work best for the upcoming 4th of July.
It’s way too early for me to say which works best because I’ve only been trying them since Wednesday, although not all at the same time.
With that being said, I can say the CBD oil works for migraines. I just got the CBD oil this week and the day it arrived, I had an insufferable migraine and thought this would be an excellent time to try the CBD oil on myself before giving it to Frank.
So I did and my migraine was gone in about 30 minutes with the aid of my essential oils. I might be a little bias towards the CBD oil now.
By the way, yes I’ve tried all of these on myself, with the exception of the Rescue Remedy and the goat’s milk.
I already feed my dogs goat milk, but I made some treats with goat milk and upped their intake of it too for this week.
Buffalo, sheep, and goat’s milk are said to have calming properties for your pets. All of these milks have a high content of magnesium which is said to help reduce stress levels and anxiety. While I know not all of these options are available to you, choose the best one for your budget and location.
Here are some facts about the magnesium content of each milk:
- Buffalo milk contains 75.6mg, 22% of the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
- Sheep’s milk has 44mg of magnesium, 11% of the RDA
- Goat’s milk has 34mg of magnesium, 8 % of the RDA.
Another option for sheep’s milk are Ewegurt treats. Although I’ve never personally bought them for my dogs, they come recommended by a trusted source in the dog community, Kimberly Gauthier over at Keep the Tail Wagging.
Giving your dog something to chew on like bully sticks, Choo hooves, or Himalayan Dog Chews can help ease your pup’s anxiety.
If your pooch is indoors, try turning up the volume of the television or radio to help drown out the noises from outside. Preferably not on a channel where they’re televising fireworks.
Whether indoors or outdoors, have a place set up for your pet where they feel safe. Frank feels safe in his pen with his dog house, located next to his brother and sister.
I also recommend not taking your dog where you know there are going to be fireworks unless you are absolutely sure they can handle it. And even then, please be sure your dog is on a leash and near you.
If you’re pooch does run away from your home, always check with all the neighbors and do a thorough check of your property. I’ve found that dogs tend to stay close to home, within a 5 mile distance. I know this both from personal experience from when Willy went missing a few years back and from friend’s experiences.
I hope some of these will help you and your dog enjoy the 4th of July this year.
Me & Frank will probably be snuggling inside the house.
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