GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
Hello there to all my friends across the world.
Firstly, let me say a big 'Thank you' for all your comments and suggestions regarding yesterday's post about Tammy's response to fireworks. Your feedback is valuable and I really appreciate it.
There were some extremely valuable suggestions which I received from readers and followers of this blog, so I thought that I would post them up today. We can all benefit from this knowedge.
Obviously, one has to try and find the correct solution for each of our particular pets. Some things work, other things don't. It's a matter of trial and error. The age, experiences and traits/personality of our particular animals are also contributing factors, as well as our own particular reaction to the dog's response. It we are uptight, they become uptight too. It's important to stay calm. Our relationships with our companion animals are complicated and I can also buy the theory that how we respond to a dog's behavioural isses plays a vital role in dealing with their presenting problems.
Nevertheless, it is up to each of us to find our individual solutions for our dog's issues.
In Tammy's case, I continue my search...
Having said that, Tammy is much better today.
The setting off of firecrackers in our particular neighbourhood has eased, but it takes only 'one' 'Bang' to change Tammy's paradigm. Last night, we gave her a double-dose of meds just before sunset, and it seemed to do the trick. I just wish that the setting off of fireworks could be restricted to specific times - this would be so helpful for us all, and will enable us to make contingency plans for our animals.
Here are some suggestions (that my readers have sent me) to deal with pets who are traumatised by fireworks. Thank you again for all your suggestions. Please take a look at some of the links. You never know, you may just find something that helps your animal.
1. THUNDER JACKET/SHIRT
South African outlet: http://www.ttouchsa.co.za/files/shop/shop_item.php?pid=64
Some of my readers have had great success with the use of this jacket. Some have also indicated that it had no effect whatsoever. The jury is out on this one, although those who have had success, swear by it. Some of my followers have suggested that a TIGHT T-SHIRT can also have a good response.
2. PHEROMONE SPRAY
This is (apparently) a room spray, which emulates the pheromones of a whelping bitch. Although I've not tried it (yet), I have heard that it can help.
Available from Veterinarians.
This particular website offers valuable information about how we can make our environments more comfortable for our pets. It also gives a few other pointers
(Thank you, RILEY, for this particular suggestion!)
4. RESCUE REMEDY
This remedy doesn't work for my own particular pets, but some of you have had success.
Available from many outlets. In South Africa: Dischem stores.
5. PRESCRIBED MEDICATION
(Consult your Veterinarian!)
I always believe in consulting a Veterinary practitioner when it comes to problems with my pets. They are the people with knowledge better than our own.
In Tammy's case, we've tried many things. Our vet finally prescribed medication a few years ago. The thing to remember here (I find) is to try and administer the meds an hour or two prior to the event. This is often not possible, but would be hugely effective for our animals if fireworks could be restricted to certain times and that we were given notice of these times. Unfortuntely here in SA people are generally lawless and inconsiderate about these matters.
6. SOUND THERAPY, CD's, AUDITORY AIDS and DESENSITISATION
* SOUND THERAPY FOR PETS:
*Some of my readers have suggested the particular 'SOUNDS SCARY' CD's:(http://www.kyronlabs.co.za/products/print.php?pid=109)
* Kathleen Coy has had great success with her dog, Cloud, by using a particular classical CD
'Through a Dog's ear'
This CD can be purchased via
or in South Africa, via:
* An excellent article on desensitisation :
Again, THANK YOU to all my readers for your valuable input.
If there are any readers out there who are still setting off fireworks,
PLEASE, I am pleading with you...
Please keep in mind the devastating consequences of your actions.
Our animals are suffering!
Sending lotsaluv to all my friends around the world