Before using oils, herbs, or supplements on your dog, make sure to consult with your veterinarian to ensure proper dosage amounts, proper usage, & correct oils to use to keep your pet safe. Also keep in mind that essential oils can be toxic if ingested, particularly for cats. If you are interested in learning more about essential oils & perhaps integrating it into your life, I have attached 2 great resources for you. Since essential oils is a very large field to discuss, & too large of a topic to discuss in detail here, I have included a great book below if interested & also the notes from an online class in a word document to read over if interested.
Do not apply essential oils directly to your pet unless you have first spoken to your veterinarian & keep them in a location where your pet cannot access them.
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The next time your pup starts to pant and pace during a thunderstorm or you have to leave for a day & you know separation anxiety is about to ensue, consider turning on some music. Reggae and soft rock aren’t the only genres that can encourage your pooch to relax. Classical music like Mozart and Beethoven has also been shown to reduce stress in dogs, and even encourage them to bark less. The one thing noted about classical music in studies done is after a week or so of listening to classical music, the animals resumed more stress related behavior as they habituated to the music. If you decide to play classical for your pets, consider changing up your playlist every once in a while to avoid this.
Those Thundershirts might make you pup look funny, but they really can make a difference. (And not just during thunderstorms or fireworks.) The wraps work by swaddling your dog and applying gentle, continuous pressure. Think of it similar to swaddling a baby & how that method quickly can calm an infant down. The main manufacturer of compression wraps for dogs is Thundershirt. They have recently expanded their line to include compression wraps for cats as well. I have included a video of theirs below as well as cat & dog wraps available. As with everything there are a variety of options available to you for purchase so make sure you do your research on reviews prior to purchasing.
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As always, PLEASE do your own research prior to deciding to purchase or try any of the following methods. Each pet is different & has different needs. If ever in doubt,
CONTACT YOUR VETERINARIAN FOR ADVICE.
Thank you guys for joining me this month for Lost Pet Prevention month. Keep your furry kids safe!!