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Posted on 07-03-2014
Happy 4th of July this weekend! This holiday marks the beginning of thunderstorm and firework season for our area. Many dogs have a panic attack when they hear (or even feel) a thunderstorm approaching. Both fireworks and storms are difficult to predict, leaving dog owners searching for help to alleviate this anxiety. There are several ways you can help your dog during these stressful times. Don’t punish your dog when he is stressed, this can make the behavior worse. Also, try to ignore your dog; petting and reassurance can seem like a reward, making it worse over time. You might have seen “Thundershirts” at the pet store [www.thundershirt.com/]; they really do work for most dogs! Don’t be fooled by imitations, purchase the brand name product, and some stores even offer a guarantee. Also, I am a fan of Rescue Remedy [www.bachflower.com/bach-
Have a safe and happy fourth!
Dr. Christine O'Connell
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