Dog Noise Phobias: Thunder and Loud Noises

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Dog noise phobias are relatively common and can be a source of great distress for you and your pet. If your dog is very anxious with loud noises, some early intervention can stop the problem getting worse and generalizing to other situations.

Dogs who are concerned about loud noises may freeze, hide, blindly try to escape and can often hurt themselves and their environment. On nights with storms or fireworks, the number of stray dogs wildly running around the streets after escaping increases. In some ways a fireworks fear is easier to tackle than a storm phobia as it is more predictable.

Often dogs have both fears, starting out with just a fear of extreme noises then generalizing to any sudden noise. And just as noise phobias can often get worse and worse each time, if you implement some measures to help your pet cope, they may in fact improve their tolerance for noise each time. There are a number of steps you can take to help your canine friend cope with the din and we will also suggest some technology for a quicker fix.

Why Are They Worried?

Dogs have very sensitive hearing and can hear much higher frequencies than we can. Who knows how those fireworks really sound to them, they are certainly loud enough to us. Sometimes the problem stems from generalized anxiety, whether that be separation anxiety and being unable to cope alone, or a fear of new situations and lack of confidence. Sometimes the problem stems from poor socialization and a lack of exposure to new situations and noises before 16 weeks of age.

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Best Pet Blogs

Pet ownership offers a multitude of benefits for physical and emotional health. After a long and difficult day, nothing can compare to the unconditional love you receive from a sweet pet.

In fact, research has shown that pets can decrease both blood pressure and anxiety, and perhaps even boost immunity. Plus, they can help you find dates with a fellow pet lover. While you may feel like just another number in the big, wide world, to your pet – you ARE their world.

Having a pet is tons of fun, but it’s also a lot of work. From regular exercise to a healthy diet, regular vet visits, training, and more, there are a lot of things to consider – and always something new to learn throughout your journey as a pet parent. Pet lovers turn to blogs for advice on health concerns, entertainment (adorable cat GIFs, anyone?), ideas for fun activities to enjoy with your pet, tips on traveling with pets, and just about any concern you might have as a pet parent.

Individual Pet Blogs

1. Ammo the Dachshund

@DachshundAmmo

Ammo the Dachshund

Ammo the Dachshund is a mix of pictures and stories about a dog named Ammo. The posts share Ammo’s “amazing adventures, DIY projects, adorable photos, trendy pet products & so much more!” The blog is humorously written from the perspective of the dog and includes many photo shoots with Baby P, whom Ammo refers to as his little sister. The quality of the photos are especially impressive.

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National Pet ID Week

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15 to the 21st of April are days reserved for the education of all pet owners about the importance of providing a suitable ID for their pets. Losing a pet is a nightmare for everyone, but especially for the pet. They do not know what is happening, how they got lost or where their owner is.

For that reason, equipping your pet with an ID is essential.

A simple “Name + phone number” collar tag is available in almost every pet store. It’s easy to make, takes minutes, and your dog won’t even notice it on its collar. In case the dog runs away in the park or jumps from the car, this way whoever finds it will be able to call you and return it to you.

Collar IDs are simple and show everybody that the lost dog is a beloved family member and that somebody really misses him or her. This increases the chances for the dog to be returned to its owner.
These collar IDs have only one setback – if the collar gets lost, so does the ID.

For more secure reasons, there is the microchip. In some states in the world, microchipping your pet is legally binding. In these states, if you lose your pet “on purpose” and they identify it you will pay a fine. 
Anyway, microchipping is maybe painful at the moment for the pet but is very practical. All your information like name, number, home address etc. is stored on the server and it can be accessed anywhere, in any veterinary clinic by just scanning the microchip.
It is advisable for microchips to be scanned periodically, once a year when you go for your yearly check-up at the vet, to see if they function properly.

Keep your pet safe and make sure it has proper identification, no matter if it’s a dog or a cat.

Happy National Pet ID Week!

BREAKING NEWS: Major Brand Dog Treat Recall

J. M. Smucker Company of Orrvile, OH, is recalling two varieties of its popular Milo’s Kitchen dog treats due to elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone.

The recall was issued after the company received three complaints of illness following consumption of the treats. The more contaminated treats a dog eats, the worst the symptoms will be. Once the treats are discontinued and thyroid levels are returned to normal in the body, the symptoms should subside.

WHAT IS RECALLED?

Milo’s Kitchen Steak Grillers / Steak Grillers Recipe With Angus Steak
18 oz. Bag
UPC Code: 079100518227
Best by date: 11/15/18

18 oz. Bag
UPC Code: 079100518227
Best by date: 04/26/19

22 oz. Bag
UPC Code: 079100518234
Best by date: 04/26/19

10 oz. Bag
UPC Code: 079100527762
Best by date: 04/26/19

Milo’s Kitchen Grilled Burger Bites with Sweet Potato and Bacon
15 oz. Bag
UPC Code: 079100521265
Best by date: 11/19/18

Photo:Facebook/ Tammy Wozniak

National Heartworm Awareness

 

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The American Heartworm Society (established in 1974) celebrates the month of April as the month to raise awareness for one devastating but preventable disease that affects our pets – the heartworm disease. We are talking about a very serious and potentially fatal condition that is caused by a parasitic worm, a roundworm, that is very long and called Dirofilaria immitis. These worms grow very big and live in the heart, lungs and the associated blood vessels causing severe heart and lung diseases, heart failure, and damage to adjacent organs. Heartworm disease affects also wild animals such as coyotes, foxes, and ferrets that live in close proximity to domestic animals.

Dogs are the natural host for these worms, and the worms that get inside a dog get the possibility to mature to adults. If this condition is left untreated, the number of the worms can become several hundred. The worms can seriously damage the heart, lungs and the blood vessels, and even after treatment, there can be serious consequences to the dog’s health.

Cats are not a typical host for the heartworm and that is why most worms do not get to achieve an adult stage in cats. Cats affected with this disease, if they have adult heartworms, it’s only 1 to 3 worms, and most of the time it’s only immature worms. Even though immature, they can cause real and very serious damage. The associated condition in cats is called HARD (heartworm-associated respiratory disease).

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9 Ways to Help Cats and Dogs Get Along Better


I don’t buy into the idea that cats and dogs naturally hate each other. Why should I, when I saw the two species enjoying one another’s company — and occasionally even snuggling together — every day of my formative years? Dogs and cats do speak different languages, though, and they need us to help them understand one another. Here are nine things you can do to help your cat and a new dog live in harmony.

1. Prepare your home

Create a safe space for your cat by putting a baby gate on the door to his favorite room. This will allow him to get away from the dog if he needs a break. Put your cat’s litterbox in that room and feed your cat in a place out of the dog’s reach. Give your cat some tall furniture so he can watch the dog from above.

2. Consider each animal’s age

A puppy may be a better choice for a cat household. The size difference is less pronounced than with an adult dog, and the puppy will quickly learn the cat’s boundaries and limits: There’s nothing like a claws-out swat on the nose to tell a dog “enough is enough!”

3. Know the dog’s background

If you adopt your dog from a shelter (and I highly suggest that you do), be as sure as possible that the dog is familiar with cats and will interact safely with them.

4. Know your cat’s background, too

If your cat has been socialized to understand and live with dogs, you’ll be much more likely to succeed as a “bi-petual” household. On the other hand, if your cat was attacked or otherwise traumatized by dogs, you may want to avoid bringing one into your household.

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