Summer is usually a time of fun and relaxation for our families, but for some dogs and cats it can be a time of major stress and anxiety. Schedule changes, kids being home from school, family vacations, fireworks, and thunderstorms are some of the events that can lead to anxiety for your pet. Fortunately, we have many options to help reduce your pet’s stress and anxiety.
If your pet’s times of stress are occasional and short-lived, you can use a homeopathic treatment of essential peppermint oil on the skin under the chin. This can also work for thunderstorms if the signs of anxiety are not too severe. If symptoms are worse, your pet might benefit from a “ThunderShirt”. The shirt is a body suit that gently compresses the pet and gives a sense of relaxation. It also works for other stressful events such as riding in the car, visiting the veterinarian, or having company over to the house.
We now have foods available from Royal Canin that contain hydrolyzed milk protein and tryptophan to help maintain emotional balance in cats and dogs under 33 pounds. This food is safe and balanced to use for the rest of your pet’s life or can be used starting 10 days before a foreseeable stressful event.
We have supplements such as “Composure” that have casein milk protein and tryptophan that can be given on an as-needed basis as a treat to help reduce stress.
The doctors at New Ulm Regional Veterinary Center and River Hills Pet Care Hospital are always willing to consult with you about behavior issues, behavioral modification, and therapeutic prescription options that may be needed to manage your pet’s stress or anxiety. We also have option of referral to veterinary behaviorists who can do intense one on one behavioral consultation in severe cases of stress and anxiety.
Please call us if you have questions regarding to your pet’s emotional balance any time of the year. We are here to help you and your pet. We wish you a fun and relaxing summer for your whole family which includes your very important pet companions.