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When summer fun is stressful for pets

Summer events like BBQs and the Fourth of July can be stressful for pets, especially dogs.

Before an event starts, take a long walk with your dog, perhaps to the dog park or have the kids play with them in the backyard while you are making final preparations. It gives the kids an important job to do and gives you some time to address last minute details. A tired pet is less likely to get overly anxious.

Know your pet, and when it’s a good idea for them to be in a separate room. White noise machines, a radio or TV playing can help blot out the noise from outside. Give them a special treat to focus on: good options are kongs stuffed with peanut butter or canned food and then frozen. Puzzle treat toys can also be effective.

Pheromone products such as DAP for dogs (and Feliway for cats) can also have a calming effect and help in times of stress. Talk to your veterinarian if none of the above methods are working. There are also several pharmaceutical options to help keep your pet calm or sedated, if needed.


In partnership with Willamette Veterinary Hospital

& Eastgate Veterinary Clinic

Jilinda Lewis, DVM Ark Animal Hospital


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