Fireworks And Dogs: One Dangerous Recipe
While most of the time, owning a dog is a winning game, there are definitely times when it can be tough to handle. Such times can include when a thunderstorm moving in. Many are aware that dogs don't tend to be large fans of thunder, which means these loud noises can become a major issue.
On top of that, fireworks can also cause your dogs a lot of stress. This can also result in some dangerous situations if your dog manages to take off, trying to get away from the sound. Anxiety medications are often a common answer prescribed by vets for this issue. However, it's worth considering whether or not there might be some better options out there.
Dogs And Fireworks Just Don't Get Along
If you haven't heard of Dora, it's a story worth looking into. The tale involves a dog named Dora being frightened by the sounds of fireworks, and seeking to get away from the noise. Dora managed to get free and run until she couldn't any longer, resulting in her becoming lost for a whole 7 months.
Luckily, Dora's microchip allowed for her to be found and brought to an animal shelter. The shelter contacted her family, allowing them to have a happy reunion.
While Dora's story had a happy ending, many more pets become lost, injured or even worse as a result of these situations. Alongside thunderstorms, New Years Eve and the Fourth of July are prime times for your pets to potentially get lost. It's not always clear why dogs are afraid of fireworks, but the results often speak for themselves. On top of giving your pets something for the firework anxiety, it's highly important that you get your pets micro-chipped if they aren't already.
Anxiety Medications For Dogs
A common solution to dog anxieties is anxiety medication. This is a pretty similar concept to human anxiety. Consequently, it's highly important that you understand what these anxiety medicines have to offer. The more knowledge you have, the easier it will be to make the right choice for your pet.
Trazodone For Your Dog
In many cases, those who are familiar with Trazodone for dogs may know it as a helpful medication for humans. By balancing out serotonin, it helps to ease anxiety and depression. What you may not know is that it's also a decent option for dogs, coming with the Desyrel and Leptro brand names.
In many instances, Trazodone for dog aggression is a highly effective medication. It's a fantastic way to provide the dog sedation rather than have to be euthanized. Because of that, it's absolutely worth noting that Trazodone can be a huge help in some situations. If you choose to use it for your dog, then you'll want to make sure your vet provides the best trazodone dosage for dogs of all sizes rather than trying to guess.
It's also entirely that Trazodone can put your dog to sleep, which might be a little bit too strong of a reaction in many situations.
Trazodone For Dogs Side Effects
While Trazodone can seem like the perfect answer, it can include some side effects worth noting.
The following are side effects for this medication:
Because some of these side effects can appear very similar to the anxiety your dog feels normally, it can appear to not be helping very much. On top of that, Trazodone can also have issues when being mixed with inhibitors, buspirone, diazepam or anti-fungal medicines. As a result, it can be worth checking out some other options.
Sileo For Your Dog
Many dogs have issues with loud noises, and this medication is made specifically for it. Sileo seeks to help with the stress that can come from loud noises, without causing your dog to become sedated. Furthermore, it's an option that is approved by the FDA, making it quite safe.
Sileo For Dogs Side Effects
Although Sileo claims to assist your dog without lulling them into sedation, the key ingredient is a sedative known as Dexmedetomidine hydrochloride. If you're not familiar with this substance, it's often used when dogs need to be heavily sedated. The key word here is heavily.
In addition, there are some scary side effects that can come with it. These can include the heart rate slowing to dangerous levels, blood pressure that drops to abnormally low levels, and sinotrial arrest. Sinotrial arrest results in the ceasing of your dog's heartbeat for seconds each time, which can also result in cardiac arrest and death.
Acepromazine Dog Sedative For Your Dog
Another common medication made to help dogs with stress from loud noises is Acepromazine, or Ace. When it's used as a sedative to prepare a dog for surgery, it can be extremely helpful. However, it isn't as safe when used as an anxiety medication for dogs.
While your dog might appear more calm after taking it, this is not a sign that they are actually feeling calm. Instead, it simply inhibits their ability to let you know that they're uncomfortable. They still feel the fear, but are unable to move to find ways to comfort themselves.
“Ace” Dog Tranquilizer Side Effects
It's important to be aware of the side effects that can occur with this medication, to be fully armed with all the knowledge you need. You'll also want to follow your vet's advice for providing the best Acepromazine dosage for your dog.
The following side effects can occur with this medication:
- Over-excitement or aggression
- Body temperatures that are abnormally low
- Urine that is pink in color
Keep in mind that some dogs can't walk after experiencing an overdose of Acepromazine.
Valium For Your Dog
Valium is a relatively well-known medication among humans, but you may not know that smaller amounts of it can help your pet as well. While it can ease anxiety, stress and fear in your dog, it's important to keep in mind that it isn't always going to be the safest option.
Valium For Dogs Side Effects
When it comes to using Valium, it's a good idea to note these side effects:
- Lack of coordination
- Heightened appetite
- Behavioral changes
- Appetite loss
Dramamine For Your Dog
In some cases, pet owners may choose to make use of dramamine to help with pet discomfort. It can absolutely be a useful tool in cases where the dog is suffering from nausea or motion sickness. Consequently, it's ideal when you want to help your dog with an upset stomach.
However, dramamine for anxiety isn't the best choice. It can ease an upset stomach and keep your dog from vomiting, but it won't bring down their stress levels. They will still be frightened, even if their stomach is handling things well. When you use medications like these, it's highly important that you remember what medications are best to give when.
If you choose to use it, it's a good idea to be careful to make sure you use the best dramamine dosage for dogs. Too much can increase the potential for adverse effects.
Handling Scared Dogs
There are at least two times throughout the year that, for owners as well as their dogs, fireworks are likely to be a problem. Oftentimes, they can happen for a few days around the 4th of July, and thunderstorms can happen at any time depending on the climate you live in. As a result, it's important to know how to handle that fear.
Planning ahead can be key to getting through the stressful times. Start by thinking about how quiet your home is during those loud times. Is it mellow for your dog when fireworks are going on outside, or are there close neighbors who set off the loudest fireworks they can?
If you do have such neighbors, it might be worth considering somewhere else you can take your dog during these times. Maybe they would do better at a friend or family member's house who lives further out of town. It's also worth keeping in mind that fireworks can sometimes be more frightening than thunderstorms because they are much closer to the earth.
During these times, it's wise to keep an eye out for signs of panic:
- Seeking out comfort
- Becoming jumpy
- Movements that become erratic
- Extra salivation
Be There For Them
Empathy is huge at this point in time. When you're scared, it's normal to want comfort from someone else. The same is true for your dog, so being there to comfort them is going to be very helpful.
In a similar spirit of empathy, your dog is able to get a sense of your energy. Keep in mind that they see you as their pack leader. If the pack leader appears frightened or stressed, then it's more likely the dog will become stressed as well. On the other hand, if you're calm then they'll have an easier time being calm.
Working Through Desensitization
Helping to desensitize your dog to the sounds of fireworks can be a useful way to keep them from becoming highly stressed during the actual event. One way to do this would be finding some firework videos to play before the 4th arrives. Start quietly, and treat them like no big deal and then gradually increase the volume. This can help your dog to just get used to the sound overall.
Keep in mind that the actual fireworks are also often louder than your videos will be, but the videos can decrease the level of overall stress.
Natural Methods For Calming Your Dog
When you just want to calm your dog down, it's not always the best idea to resort to sedatives or other big guns with harsh side effects. There are a number of natural substances you can use to help with calming your pooch down in a gentle way, avoiding the vast majority of those side effects.
CBD For Easing Dog Anxiety
Among a mass of other benefits, CBD is a fantastic option for helping to put dog anxiety to bed. While medications can come with so many nasty side effects, this helpful, natural product can ease their stress without those adverse effects.
CBD For Dogs
Knowledge about CBD for humans is growing immensely, assisting with epilepsy, cancer, and anxiety. In more recent learning, it has also been discovered to be useful in treating dogs! Because of the natural, holistic nature, it can be a great way to ease anxiety as well as other issues without all the side effects. All you have to do is find the right products!
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Fireworks And Dogs: One Last Thought
While we all want to be able to calm our furry friends when they're feeling frightened, thunder and fireworks are a recipe for suffering. Unlike other humans, they can't understand us when we tell them that they're safe, or that the scary noises will pass. However, we can help them to relax in a gentle, natural way.
It's wise to keep an eye on your dog during the noisier holidays and make sure they're doing okay. Handing them a calming CBD treat, giving them some affection and making sure they are safe and sound is a great way to go. Getting them a micro-chip can't hurt either!
Dr. Ivana Vukasinovic
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Belgrade
Ivana Vukasinovic grew up in Serbia and attended the University of Belgrade where she received a degree in Veterinary medicine in 2012 and later completed surgical residency working mostly with livestock. Her first year of practice was split between busy small animal practice and emergency clinic, and after two more years of treating many different species of animals, she opened her own veterinary pharmacy where an interest in canine and feline nutrition emerged with an accent on fighting animal obesity. In her free time, she acts as a foster parent for stray animals before their adoption, likes to read SF books and making salted caramel cookies.
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