Independence Day Can Be a Scary Day for Animals

Behavior, Dogs

Did you know that July 4th is the busiest day of the year in shelters across the U.S., with many dogs and cats getting lost, injured, or killed? With the increasing understanding of the importance of the human-animal bond, we are more in touch with what matters to our four-​legged family members. That is a good thing. Who wants their pet to suffer needlessly on a day of celebration?

Fireworks Are Scary for Animals

Fireworks can be fun and spectacular for us humans but for our pets it equates to a tumultuous period of real fright, heightened anxiety, and extreme restlessness. Pay attention to your furry loved ones. If they are excesssively pacing, panting, drooling, vocalizing, and seeking your comfort they need your help. Loud noises are confusing for some pets leading to hiding behind furniture, in the bathroom, under the bed, or even frantically running through a window.

Firework Safety & Comforting Tips

Here is what we at EMRVC recommend:

  1. Bring your pet inside. Use the leash for potty breaks.
  2. Make sure all pets are microchipped! Collars or tags with your phone number are worth it!
  3. Many scared pets just need to be in a “safe” room or crate where they can be more comfortable. That may mean you are with them the entire time.
  4. Pressure wraps like Thundershirt and Anxiety Wrap are quick and easy to put on. I use the Thundershirt for my dog Puma -​- works well!
  5. Pheromone sprays, Feliway for cats and Adaptil for dogs, to “de-​-stress” their immediate environment.
  6. Medications for those pets in need. Commonly for the short term, on an as needed basis, we prescribe Trazodone or Alprazolam. For pets suffering from chronic noise phobias and anxiety, drugs such as Fluoxetine (Prozac) or Clomipramine may be used.

For prescriptions, contact us to discuss the best option for your pet!

Essex Middle River Veterinary Center provides medical and surgical care for cats and dogs at our animal hospital and veterinary clinic in Essex, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore. Our services include preventive wellness care exams, vaccines, spays/neuters, and a variety of specialized care. Our state-of-the-art veterinary offices are conveniently located near I-695 where we see pets from Towson, Honeygo, White Marsh, and other neighboring Baltimore areas.

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Welcome Julia (holding Noah) our new technician and Shannon, our new assistant ...

Welcome Julia (holding Noah) our new technician and Shannon, our new assistant

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Welcome ladies!! 😊😊

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This is why updating your personal information on your pet's microchip account is so important. A neighbor recommended to Tank's Dad that he update the information after adopting Tank. This is the happy reunion because Dad followed that advice!! In honor of National Microchip Month, take a few minutes and update your information with your microchip company today ...

This is why updating your personal information on your pets microchip account is so important. A neighbor recommended to Tanks Dad that he update the information after adopting Tank. This is the happy reunion because Dad followed that advice!! In honor of National Microchip Month, take a few minutes and update your information with your microchip company today

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Because of this post, I went online to make sure Luna and ovi were updated.... they were not and now they are. Thank you for the reminder

I was reunited with my cat after nine months thanks to a microchip!

The dog looks like it has a star on his chest. Beautiful dog.

Tim Lawrence new dog???

We will be closed today, Thursday, June 13th from 1:00pm-2:30 for our monthly department meeting. If you have a pet emergency, please call or go directly to the one of the following:
Pet ER - 410-252-8387
Belair Animal Emergency Hospital - 410-420-7297
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We will be closed today, Thursday, June 13th from 1:00pm-2:30 for our monthly department meeting. If you have a pet emergency, please call or go directly to the one of the following:
Pet ER - 410-252-8387 
Belair Animal Emergency Hospital - 410-420-7297

Don't forget, EMRVC is offering $10.00 off the cost of micro chipping (when you mention you saw it on our Facebook event) for the month of June in honor of National Microchip month. Please call us at 410-687-1111 to schedule an appointment or for any questions you may have. ...

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