4 natural ways to soothe an anxious dog or cat

Does your dog or cat cringe at the noises, fireworks displays, and commotion that often accompany 4th of July celebrations? By the time the fireworks start, it’s usually too late to do much to help your furry friend. Now is the time to consider the best ways to help your dog or cat weather the upcoming Independence Day holiday as well as those frightening summer thunderstorms. You’re probably already aware that there are many over-the-counter and prescription medications designed to help anxious pets. But if you prefer to take a more natural approach, there are some drug-free options to consider:

  • Thundershirt: When your dog or cat wears a Thundershirt, it’s like getting a reassuring hug. The constant pressure on your pet’s torso helps calm and soothe your pet during stressful situations. Over 80% of dog owners reported improvement in their dog’s noise anxiety when wearing the Thundershirt. The garment is easy to get into with adjustable Velcro strap closures.
  • Comfort Zone: A different approach is a plug-in diffuser which releases a natural calming pheromone. Comfort Zone comes in versions for cats and dogs. It’s easy to use—just plug it into an electrical socket in a room your pet frequents, and the diffuser releases the soothing pheromone around-the-clock for 30 days. The diffuser covers up to 650 square feet, and Comfort Zone also comes in a spray that can be used on your pet’s bedding or carrier.
  • Calming Collar: Another option is a Calming Collar which also works by releasing stress-reducing pheromones. Unlike diffusers, the collar goes wherever your pet goes so the effect isn’t limited to the confines of a single room. One collar lasts for up to 30 days.
  • Be Serene: This is a natural flower essence that helps dogs and cats cope with stresses. Just add a few drops to your pet’s water, or give by mouth. You can even add a few drops to a spray bottle filled with water and spray your pet’s bedding, carrier, or the room your pet is in. There are no known side effects to this holistic remedy.

One or more of these options might work best for your own pet– for example, a plug-in diffuser combined with a Thundershirt garment. Since you don’t know exactly how your own dog or cat will respond to these measures, it’s best to prepare now rather than wait until the fireworks start.