Have you ever wondered what stresses out your dog during the summer months? Well Vetnique has the answers (and some solutions too).
For anyone unfamiliar with Vetnique, their about me page explains that,
"we focus on unique veterinary products for pets. We are a veterinarian owned and founded company, and all of our products are recommended by veterinarians and vet specialists worldwide."
What this means is that when it comes to our pet’s health, they take things seriously and they know what they are talking about. And thanks to an email we received from the company, we also know more about what stressors our dogs face in the summer.
While we all know that fireworks can be a major cause of stress during the summer, especially around July 4, did you know that there are even more things that can be stressful for our pups during the warmer months of the year?
Vetnique breaks down what can stress out our dogs during the summer
According to Vetnique, potential stressors faced by our dogs during the summer include:
- Fireworks (we have talked about this before, but it is worth repeating) and Loud Noises
- Thunderstorms (It’s not just the thunder that can be stressful)
- Road Trips and summer travel
- Large gatherings of people and parties
- Having them boarded
Since our staff pup is a rescue dog, we know that she has a few stressors that can cause her distress. And many of them do pop up during the summer (she hates fireworks, thunder, loud noises, certain kennels, and long car rides). While she is a fan of short car rides, once it gets too long, she will make her displeasure known.
And we have to point out that another stressor for dogs, including our staff pup is high temperatures. Extreme heat can be a stress for some dogs. So knowing that these are all things that can cause stress, as pet parents we need to have solutions.
Luckily, Vetnique also had a few solutions for us, including keeping them active, distracting them with toys and even treats, supplements for pets that counter anxiety and stress, and even creating a safe space for your pup.
What do you think of these stressors and the ways to alleviate some of the stress? What are some things you do for your dog if you think they are stressed out?