3 Ways to Create happy pets
1)Earplugs? lol just kidding DON’T, maybe tranquilize?
(WAFB) – Independence Day may be fun for us, but for pets, it can be frightening and even dangerous.
Doctors at the LSU Veterinary School of Medicine say the animals’ enhanced hearing make them easily startled by loud noises.
“They have very sensitive hearing, so it’s a lot harder for them to hear and see that than it is for us,” said Dr. Nancy Welborn. “And they don’t know it’s coming, so it’s scary. So the best thing, one, is never take pets to a fireworks show.”
Dr. Welborn says pets will run off and can get lost. She says it’s best to let your pet find a safe spot inside and stay there until the show is over.
“My dog, my personal dog, he hides in a closet, and it’s dark in there. I kind of close the door and he’s fine,” Dr. Welborn said. “They can pick their spot where they want to be.”
The American Humane Society says July 5 is the busiest day of the year at animal shelters as companion animals that fled in fright from Fourth of July fireworks are found miles their homes, often disoriented and exhausted.
Dr. Welborn recommends that if your pet is overly anxious, you consider medication to relieve stress. But you must consult your veterinarian before administering any kind of drug.
If your pet is upset by thunder, a door slamming or other loud noises, Fourth of July fireworks can be terrifying. The American Humane Society recommends taking these precautions:
*Your pets won’t enjoy the fireworks display, so leave them at home! Keep them inside, shielded from loud noises. Keep windows closed and draw the shades to minimize the sound and flashes of light.
*If loud noises upset your pets, do not leave them alone while you’re out celebrating; make sure someone can stay with them. If you’re home, act calm and give them reassuring pets and hugs…animals look to you to see how you’re reacting.
*If you think your pets should be tranquilized, consult your veterinarian well in advance.
*Contact an animal behaviorist to work with your pets on their fears. With some positive reinforcement and behavior modification training, by next Independence Day, you all may be worry-free!
*Be sure that all ID tags are properly affixed to your pet’s collar and that they have your current contact information, including cell number(s).
*Update your microchip registrations and pet license information to ensure they’re current.
“With a little care and preparation, the Fourth of July can be fun for people and safe for pets,” says Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “Let’s keep our best friends quiet and calm so we can continue to enjoy them come July 5.”
Experts say to make sure your pet has a collar or microchip to make tracking them easily if they do happen to get scared and run off.
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2) Beware, pet thieves abound
An animal rescue group is warning pet owners of what they say is a growing trend of people stealing dogs across Metro Vancouver.
“It is beyond alarming; it is a crisis,” said Susan Patterson, founder of Thank Dog I Am Out Dog Rescue. “Dogs are disappearing from stores, coffee shops and backyards at a very high rate over the last 12 months.”
Patterson said since the weather has been warmer and people are out more, the non-profit has been receiving notifications daily of missing dogs that are believed to have been stolen.
“It is such a horrifying experience to have your dog taken. It’s sick, it’s like losing a family member,” she said. “Please don’t leave your pets unattended because you are at risk of having your pet stolen these days, way more than a year ago.”
The group doesn’t specialize in looking for missing pets but because of its following, dog owners have been contacting it for help.
Its volunteers have participated in 10 searches and nine of the dogs have been located in the Downtown Eastside, despite them being stolen from different parts of Metro Vancouver.
“I think there’s a very small number of people that are transient that are taking the dogs. But if the dogs are in the Downtown Eastside, the community has been incredibly helpful in leading us to find the dogs,” she said.
From those searches, she said the outcome for the dogs tends to fall into three categories: sold for cash, companionship or taken out of province.
In the case of one dog still missing, Patterson believes it was likely taken outside of B.C. because hiding a 90-pound Rottweiler with a lot of attention would be hard to do.
She has posted a public service announcement on social media, warning owners not to leave their pets unattended.
“A year ago, I wouldn’t have worried about it so much but now it’s happened so frequently that if you’re complacent…your odds have increased, for some reason this year in the Lower Mainland, your dog may disappear.”
‘It was a nightmare’: Owner shares first-hand experience
Mark Milburn said he never had to worry about leaving his white Jack Russell, Heli, outside on her own until just two weeks ago.
Heli was snatched up outside of Milburn’s office in the Downtown Eastside.
“I said ‘Heli, let’s go.’ And it was in that moment, I realized my dog wasn’t here and when I checked the front door and she was gone,” he said.
He said his heart sank when he realized she disappeared and he knew immediately she was stolen because she would rarely stray away.
He felt immense guilt knowing that he left her there by mistake and immediately he started to look for her.
While it was a terrifying experience, he said it experience opened his eyes to the kindness of those living in the Downtown Eastside.
“Every single person we met was willing to help. Some of the experiences have been insane, like, we gave a guy a flyer and he had been to a hospital, he had two drug overdoses and three days later, he remembered my name, he remembered how old Heli was and he still had Heli’s flyer in his pocket. He said ‘I’m still trying to find her.'”
In the four days that she was missing, there were multiple social media posts, 5,000 handbills and 2,000 posters.
The efforts paid off and someone recognized Heli near Oppenheimer Park.
Milburn was overjoyed when they were finally reunited.
“It was an adventure for her, a nightmare for me.”
He later met the person who took Heli.
“The person who took Heli had an addiction and was probably down and out, and was just looking for a companion and they didn’t take her and sell her for drugs.”
He feels grateful to have her back and now won’t be letting her out of his sight.
“I won’t be tying her outside a restaurant, knowing that there is a ring of people out there taking dogs for that malicious purpose, it’s not worth risking it.”
3) Rescue when you can
Dog’s name and age: Maximo, 1 year
Adoption Story: We met Max at an adoption event by Lucky Dog Animal Rescue who had dogs from Puerto Rico. We instantly fell in love. His birthday is the same day at my daughter’s finance, who is coincidentally also from Puerto Rico so we knew it was meant to be. We had lost our beloved poodle of 15 years and did not think we wanted another dog, but Max change it all. Max came into our lives when we were grieving the loss of our sweet Riley, stole our hearts, and has brought us so much joy.
Photo Story: I do photo shoots with Max each week, and this one was for Taco Tuesday!