Alvin Animal Clinic
2202 N Gordon
Alvin, Texas, 77511Get Directions
In this newsletter we will be discussing anxiety issues that may affect your dog or even your cat.
We hope you have an enjoyable start to your July with a good July 4th celebration! With the holiday in July, we thought it was a very appropriate time to discuss firework anxiety. Some of you may have noticed that your pets get anxious, upset, or even a little destructive when there are loud noises outside. Fireworks are definitely a trigger for some animals to work up their anxiety. We can offer some solutions for those problems. First of all, it is advisable to give your pets a place where they feel safe during the fireworks whether that is a private area in your home, a kennel inside or out, or a dog house or structure they know is theirs. Second, we can provide a tranquilizer if you think your pets need it that will relax them enough to take the edge off. It helps to start the medication about 30 minutes before you think you will need it and it can last up to 4 hours at a time. Third, remember to keep things away from your pet that they may destroy during their anxiety such as stuffed toys or blankets. Anxiety is a common issue for many of our canine patients, so just let us know if we can help you this year. We want your furry family members to have an enjoyable holiday as well.
Thunderstorm anxiety is another common anxiety that affects dogs and some cats. Chances are if your pet has firework anxiety they will also suffer from thunderstorm anxiety. Just like with firework anxiety you will want to give your pet a safe, comfortable area where they can relax during the thunderstorm. The same medications used for the firework anxiety will also work for the thunderstorm anxiety.
Seperation anxiety is another type of anxiety that many dogs suffer from. This is a very common form of anxiety and you are not alone in dealing with this. There are ways to help your furry friend deal with being left alone. There are also medications that can be given daily to help them cope. An important thing you can do for them when you leave is to distract them with puzzle food and treat toys. Also you want to make sure your departure and arrival is a nonemotional one. Make sure you do not draw attention to the fact that you are leaving, just walk out the door after you hand them their puzzle toy. When you arrive back home you don’t want to draw attention to the fact that you were gone. Just walk in the door and go about your business. The pet will be excited at first to see you then they will calm down, this is when you will want to interact with them. Also, you never want to punish a pet for something they have destroyed or gotten into while having an episode of anxiety. We have a great video for you to watch on seperation anxiety if you would like.
If you think your pet may be suffering from any type of anxiety, please give us a call, 281-585-5183 or you can email us at [email protected] with any questions you may have.
In closing, we would like to again say thank you to all of our wonderful clients out there. Without you, we would not be needed. To those of you that have referred us to your friends and family we say a huge thank you. We know several of you bring us new clients almost weekly.
When you are referring, please use our referral program. Take a referral card from our office, hand it to a friend and when they come see us not only do they get a $10.00 credit applied to their account, but so do you! Thank you for helping us to better serve the Alvin community.
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Your Alvin Animal Clinic Team