Pet Anxiety: Fireworks, Thunderstorms, and the Sounds of Summer

Field of Flags at Kennesaw Mountain 9-11 AnniversaryPicnics, vacations, holidays, family gatherings, and those iconic mid-summer sunsets that envelope the sky – in many ways, summer is the epitome of celebration. There are several things to love about the season, but for our pets; these summertime human perks bring some challenges.

The spectacles we adore – those multifaceted streaks of fireworks and illuminated skies – can create anxiety and fear in our animal companions. Sudden loud and unpredictable noises produce a spectrum of responses in our pets. Since symptoms of stress can be subtle in some species, being educated on how particular breeds or species respond to and exhibit fear is a great preventative measure.

Even if you aren’t near Riverfront Park’s firework display, celebratory noise in every neighborhood is likely to occur, resulting in an increased number of terrified pets on the loose. In fact, July Fourth is one of the busiest days for local animal control.   Continue…

Car Sickness in Pets

iStock_000017895462_SmallAh, the pleasant sound of your cat winding up to vomit all over the leather seats of your new car. No one likes to clean up pet vomit; but many pets suffer from car sickness, making traveling with your pet, be it to the groomer or to grandma’s house, tricky (if not downright traumatic) unless you’re prepared.

While we mostly think of pets loving to “Go”, a car ride can be a scary event for some pets. Several factors can play into pets getting carsick, including stress, pain, or just the motion and stimulation that go along with a ride in the car. Having a pet who gets sick in the car is no fun, but in most situations it is manageable.

How You Can Help Prevent Car Sickness in Pets

There are definitely things that you can do to minimize the risk of car sickness in pets. Start by making sure that your pet is healthy and pain-free. If your pet is prone to car sickness, you may want to start by scheduling an appointment so that we can help determine if your pet has any underlying issues affecting his or her reaction to motion. Continue…