Its that time again… There will be lots of fireworks and noise this year. So have a game plan ready to go.
Here are some simple ways to help you and your pooch (and kitty) stay safe during 4th of July festivities.
KEEP PETS INDOORS
Keep your pets in a safe, enclosed room, preferably one without windows. If you’re having guests over wear masks , consider keeping pets in a room that’s off-limits to guests, with plenty of water and food.
CREATE A CALMING ENVIRONMENT
Surround pets with their favorite toys and other familiar objects. Sometimes the smell of an article of clothing from your laundry can help comfort them. Play soothing music and keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows, and blinds, create ambient noise ie turn up the tv and play music a bit louder to drown out the fireworks.
KEEP AWAY FROM FIREWORKS
Even if your pet doesn’t seem obviously upset by fireworks, they can still cause harm to pets. Avoid potential burns, injuries, or possible ingestion by keeping all pets out of the vicinity of fireworks.
The biggest risk of all this 4th of July is that pets will get loose and become lost. Even if a pet is secured inside, the sound of fireworks can cause them to panic – sometimes even breaking through glass windows. Make sure your pets are microchipped and wearing identification tags with your current address and phone .
Thunder shirts are good tool to use for calming and creating a sense of safety for your pet. Essential Oils and rescue remedy may also be helpful
There are also some great calming points to use before the big day during and afterwards. If you can start these about a week before and do them in once a day and maybe twice on the 4th; it may help keep your pets from getting really worked up. You can use these on cats as well ( if they will let you)l
Hold points lightly with your finger or thumb you don’t’ need a lot of pressure for this to work use the same pressure that you would use to touch your eyelid. If they yawn or licks their lips or does the deep breathing and sighing you are doing a great job
GV20 dorsal midline between the ears there is usually a bump where the point is..revives consciousness clears brain calms mind
GB20 Right behind the skull or occipital bone one finger off the cervical spine on either side in the divots. Also a good relaxation point good point to ease over thinking. Pulls the energy down from the head releases built up heat
GV17 Right behind the skull in between the GB 20 points. Little divot under the bump. Great point to disperse energy and creates calm.
HT7 PE7 In the depression between the tendon and the ligament it is a natural depression and pretty easy to find just above the bend in the wrist. Your fingers will slide in the groove on either side. Hold bold sides that is actually 2 points Ht7 and Pe7 this clears the mind and calms the spirit great relaxation point pulls heat out of the head…
ST36 Find the front of the knee and slide your finger down into the little groove on the lateral side of each knee This point serves double duty it calms the mind and helps with anxiety, worry and any kind of stress that produce anxiety . It is also a great immune point and supports the immune system in case it has been over stressed
KI3 BL60 Top of the hock thin skin your fingers will slide into it on either side it is kind of like our Achilles this is actually two points KI3 and BL60 KI3 In TCM fear is housed in the kidneys so it will help alleviate unnecessary fear. BL 60 is called the aspirin point and is good one to help with any kind of pain or irritation in the body
Also there are some essential oil recipes you can try on your dog. Make sure they like the smell of the oils you choose, If they don’t it won’t help them relax.
For your cat Feliway or calming homeopaths or Bach flowers may help .. Essential Oils are not recommended for cats
CBD can be a good add for either dogs or cats. Pet Releaf is a great brand 3rd party tested and they have lots of dosing options