Protect Your Pet Without Missing the Fun!

Protect Your Pet Without Missing the Fun!

How to keep firework anxiety at bay this 4th of July season

 

People love fireworks! They’re the perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July and New Year’s, and they always, “Wow!” a crowd. Dogs, on the other hand, usually don’t mix well with fireworks. 

It makes sense that dogs would find fireworks stress-inducing. They are evolutionarily inclined toward being fearful of loud, unpredictable sounds. In a wild setting, a dog would use this instinct to sense potential dangers. In a domestic setting, it still triggers a dog’s fight or flight response, but instead of being able to defend themselves from a perceived danger, dogs feel trapped and terrified. 

Dogs' reactions to fireworks lead to visible signs of extreme stress and, in some cases, lead to dogs running away. To keep dogs safe and calm this year, Pampered Pet Inn has put together a list of tips for pet owners to minimize stress, anxiety, and the possibility of losing a pet.

 

  1. Update your pet’s microchip, tags, etc. before the holiday season in the case of your dog escaping and getting lost.
  2. Make sure your pet gets lots of exercise before sundown. This will release any extra energy that could potentially increase their stress response.
  3. Make sure your pet stays indoors, away from the display. It’s best practice to leave pets at home in an environment that is familiar and comfortable to them. Be sure to check for holes in fences or enclosed outdoor spaces to prevent runaways on potty-breaks.
  4. Create a safe space for them. Most dogs already have a designated safe space: their crate. Add fluffy blankets, toys, or other treats. Muffle the noise of the fireworks in the home with curtains, and use blankets on the top and sides of the crate as well. Playing white noise or calming music helps to drown out the booms as well. If the dog doesn’t have a crate space, any enclosed space (like a bathroom) that muffles the noise will work. This gives your pet a home base and somewhere to go when they feel trapped, to “escape.”
  5. Distract your dog as much as possible. We recommend puzzle toys that release treats, kongs with frozen peanut butter inside, reassuring contact, one-on-one play, or any activity that keeps your dog occupied. 
  6. Invest in a Thundershirt or other anti-anxiety wrap. Anti-anxiety wraps have been shown to greatly reduce dogs’ physical stress response and to have a calming effect on dogs during stressful situations.
  7. Desensitize your dog to firework sounds. The best results for this tip are usually found during your dog’s “socialization window” that takes place in the first 2-12 weeks of their life. Over time, play video recordings of fireworks at a gradually increasing volume and length. Dogs will slowly become accustomed to the sounds, and be much less likely to experience any extreme stress when the real thing happens. 
  8. In truly extreme circumstances, you should contact your veterinarian for advice on CBD supplements or other medicinal options for your pet. Sometimes a dog’s anxiety is so extreme that it starts to affect them negatively in the long-term. These cases may require special management that only a veterinarian can provide. 

At Pampered Pet Inn, pet safety is our number one priority, and we hope that these tips will help keep our fuzzy friends safe this 4th of July!

Dog Experts Agree: Grooming Makes All the Difference

Dog Experts Agree: Grooming Makes All the Difference

The benefits of regular grooming for your pet

 

Grooming is a struggle that every pet owner has to deal with. Having so many different elements, it can be hard to determine what exactly a pet really needs. Not all cats and dogs need the works (bath, brushing out, blow dry, nail trim, teeth cleaning, anal gland expression) every time, but one thing is for sure: every pet needs to be regularly groomed in a way that fits their breed, temperament, and coat type. 

Whether one has a cat or dog, they may find themselves wondering, “Is getting my pet groomed professionally really necessary? I can bathe and brush my pet myself.” Some short-haired pets can be maintained at home, but longer or thicker coats require the care of an expert. Difficult pets may feel impossible for an untrained parent to deal with, and some services, such as anal gland expression, should only be performed by a trained professional. Groomers are exactly that: trained professionals. They can determine pets’ needs, meet them, and relieve parents’ anxieties that their fur baby isn’t getting the care they deserve. 

Regular grooming has a long list of benefits. It removes dirt, oil, and dead skin cells from pets’ coats, improving their smell and hygiene. It can lessen shedding and prevent or remove matts in their fur. Regular ear cleaning reduces the risk of developing ear infections, and regular nail trimming reduces the risk of a pet having bad posture or bone deformation. Most importantly, a groomer scans over every inch of a pet and can notify pet parents of fleas, skin conditions, or other health issues that one may miss on a day-to-day basis. 

Pampered Pet Inn is proud of the award-winning grooming services that we offer. Make your pet’s spa appointment today!

Extra Pampering Makes Boarding Even Better

Extra Pampering Makes Boarding Even Better

With our special Story & Cuddle Time enrichment add-on, lodging pets can get extra attention while their parents are away!

Most pet owners see their dog as a fuzzy member of the family. Commonly referred to as “fur babies,” people often treat their pets how they would treat a child: baby talk, cuddles, endless photos, special treats, and so many other ways of doting on their furry friends. Pampered Pet Inn believes that every pet deserves star treatment, even when their parents aren't there to do it themselves! 

It can be difficult to leave a pet behind in boarding when going on vacation or taking an important trip. Being sure that they are getting extra attention no matter what can make it so much easier! When lodging, parents can choose an extra special enrichment add-on to ensure some one-on-one cuddle time for pets that includes an amazing bonus: story time! Fur-babies get the TLC that they’re used to, and parents can rest assured that Pampered Pet Inn is making their baby feel right at home. 

In addition to parents’ peace of mind, Story & Cuddle Time can be beneficial to dogs and cats alike. Just like humans, dogs and cats are susceptible to feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and depression. While cats are much more independent and less likely to experience depression, affection can hugely increase their trust and feelings of safety while in our resort. Dogs are pack animals, and just one session of snuggling releases enough oxytocin to make them more calm, happy, and relaxed.

With stories such as Go, Dog, Go!, Where The Wild Things Are, and If You Give A Dog A Donut, pets are engaged, mentally stimulated, and, most importantly, cuddled close by PPI’s dedicated staff. Ask about Story & Cuddle time next time you book a lodging stay, and check out our other special enrichment packages at https://www.pamperedpetinn.com/lodging