With the Fourth of July just a few days away, people across the country are preparing with patriotic decorations, food, and fireworks. However, this can be an especially stressful time for pet owners since the loud explosions from fireworks can cause distress in our furry friends. Couple that with extreme heat, a plethora of thunderstorms, and vacation travel, the ease of summer may not be so easy for our pets.
Sadly, dogs have been known to run away from home after being spooked by fireworks. To avoid this from happening, the best thing to do is be prepared.
Many owners have tried getting their dogs used to the sounds of fireworks by playing sounds of fireworks in the background every so often, months before the Fourth. If you find yourself in a crunch for time, the best way to prepare is to keep your dog inside, and to have a safe space for them if they get spooked. This includes having a traveling crate nearby that the dog can hide in. Additionally, communicating with your pet is a great way to soothe them.
You can also try playing white noise in the background the drown out some of the noise of fireworks or diverting your dogs attention through play, cuddling, and being a nearby support.
If you find it necessary, for those dogs whose stress levels are high, vets can prescribe you medication to sedate your dog during this stressful time. This should ultimately be a last-resort effort.
Kiss him, he's Irish!
If you're stressing about the weekend's festivities and outfit planning, have no fear, we've got the dog or the cat covered.
Have you ever thought about chalking, feathering or stenciling? Petsmart provides customers with these unique options from two to 10 dollars. They wash off and are completely safe.
For some flare, you could dress your pet up in an Irish inspired bow tie. You can find this one and a few others at HoldFastStitching's shop on Etsy for under eight bucks.
And for a more Celtic look over the St. Patty's shamrocks, look nor further than KitandRover's Shop.
It may be a frigid Friday the 13th for most of us on the east coast but at least we're only one day away from a cozy, warm and fuzzy Valentine's. And what better way to celebrate LOVE DAY than watching cute animal videos? Kick it off with this one:
With a jingle, a jangle, and the clippity-clop of hooves, Animal Planet is off to a fantastic start of the holiday season thanks to the return of our favorite winter spectacle: Reindeer Cam!
While Santa Claus and his elves are busy putting the final touches on this year's toy shipment at the North Pole, members of his reindeer crew are getting into tip-top, flying shape at the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in Saint Paul, Minnesota. You're invited to watch all of their pre-flight preparations on Animal Planet L!VE, the web's top destination for some of the very best live animal cameras around.
Get into the holiday spirit with festive tunes, a rustic Christmas countdown, and the whimsical reindeer themselves who are more than happy to have viewers peek in on their reindeer games. If you've been good this year, you might get the chance to see Mr. Claus, too! He's expected to visit his loyal flight team on December 19, 22, and 23 before embarking on his sleigh ride through the night's skies.
Thank you, tiny hamster trainer people for giving us a little more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season. You know, like this tiny hamster Thanksgiving celebration:
Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Animal Planet! May your dinner table and mouths be as full and bountiful as these little guys'!
Halloween is upon us, and what animal is more a symbol of the holiday than the bat? It's also Bat Week, a designation created to help raise awereness about how awesome bats are, how important they are to us, and to help people realize that most of what you THINK you know about them is wrong. Read on to have all of your bat myths dispelled!
Photo by Mark Evans via Flickr Creative Commons.
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So there you have it: bats are awesome! If you're still not convinced, watch this video of an orphaned bat responding to its caretakers, and your heart will melt.
Adopt a Bat with the National Wildlife Federation.