dog anxiety Archive

MUTT’S UP: BACK TO SCHOOL BLUES

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Empty Nest Syndrome for dogs? It’s true! While the kids and parents are excited about heading back to school, the four-legged family members may not share the same joy.

They’ve had a summer of fun with their human brothers and sisters, and now they have to leave – wouldn’t you be sad too? Professor Nicholas Dodman from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine told the Today Show that at least one in six dogs and numerous cats will show symptoms of separation anxiety after the kids go back to school. What are these symptoms, you might ask? They’re easy to spot once you realize what they are: chewing furniture, ripping the stuffing out of pillows, going to the bathroom in the house, obsessive barking/whining and shredding paper are just a few, according to Banfield Pet Hospital. How do you reduce this stress? We have a few ideas:

  1. Avoid emotional departures and greetings. Teach your kids to avoid over stimulating your pup at these times.
  2. Plan to exercise Bowser before you leave and always make a calm exit.

atlantisKeeping your pet comfortable or preoccupied is a great way to beat Bowser Boredom. Consider a few of these tools to help you and your pet:

  1. Crate/Crate Cover/Crate Mattress: A crate is the safest place for your pup to be when you’re out. Adding a mattress keeps them more comfortable and a crate cover simulates the feeling of a den which makes it a calm and peaceful setting.rIMG_4560
  2. Bed: If they’re not crate-trained, a bed is a great option. Beds with bolsters that surround your dog give a feeling
    of security. Choose a pillow bed if your dog likes to sprawl out.
  3. rphoto-3Gate: Letting your pup have free roam of the house can be dangerous if curiosity gets the best of them and they get into something that can be harmful. Choose a dog-proof room in the house that gives them enough space to move around and can fit a water bowl and bed.
  4. Interactive toys: Although no toy is completely indestructible, a sturdy toy or an interactive treat-releasing toy will give notrIMG_5538 (1) only stimulate your pup’s brain, but will keep them preoccupied! You know your dog best, we don’t recommend leaving toys with puppies or dogs that are tough chewers.
  5. BabyBark2Bark Collar: Our Citronella or Air spray bark collars are a safe and humane way to correct your dog when barking. The spray is released once the dog barks to interrupt the behavior.
  6. Thundershirt: If your pup gets excited or scared when you are in the process of leaving, try the Thundershirt. thundershirtOriginally invented for dogs that are scared of loud noises, the Thundershirt can be used anytime a dog is feeling anxious.  The burrito-like constant pressure that the shirt gives your pup gives them a feeling of security and calms them down.
  7. rIMG_0888Pet Calm Drops:  This all-natural remedy settle nerves and reduce anxiety prior to any stress-enhancing event. Add a few drops to their water each morning.

Take these steps to prevent your pup from separation anxiety and back to school time will be a breeze for you and your pup!

Tips To Keep Your Pets Safe This 4th of July!

4th of July Dog

With 4th of July celebrations right around the
corner, we wanted to share some helpful tips and suggested precautions to keep
your four-legged friends and family members safe!

Check your pet’s
ID tag.
Be sure your dog is wearing an up-to-date and visible ID tag on their
collar at all times. This way, in the unfortunate event that they get lost,
they can be returned to you promptly! Each year, many dogs run away trying to escape the commotion of fireworks. Animal shelters across the country are prepared for receiving these “4th
of July dogs.” If
you find a lost pet, check their tag first and contact their owner, but if they
don’t have a tag, we recommend that you take them to your local animal shelter,
where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.

Never use
fireworks around pets.
When curious pets get too close to fireworks, whether
activated or unused, there is the potential for severe burns and/or trauma. Many
types of fireworks contain toxic substances including arsenic, potassium
nitrate and other heavy metals. Also, the noise and sight of fireworks displays
can spook pets, leading to anxiety and distress. As previous mentioned, many pets will try to get away
from the commotion so it is best to keep them in a safe and secure place, preferably at
home.

Never leave your
pets alone in a vehicle on hot days, even if it is just for a few minutes.
Leaving
the windows down and/or parking in the shade is not good enough! Temperatures
rise very quickly inside a vehicle and since dogs sweat differently than
humans, they are not able to cool themselves down enough and can suffer from serious
health effects, including death. Due to this, many states have made it illegal to leave a
pet in a car during extreme weather.

Keep your pets
on their normal diet.
Human food and drinks should be out of reach of pets.
Any change in a pet’s diet can result in indigestion and diarrhea. Foods and
drinks such as alcohol, onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins,
salt and yeast dough are especially harmful and can be potentially toxic to
animals. Ingestion of alcohol may cause intoxication and weakness that could lead
to a coma and/or respiratory failure. Keeping dog treats on hand will allow guests
who want to give your dog food a healthy and safe alternative.

Always keep
matches and lighter fluid out of pets’ reach
.
Many types of matches contain
chlorates, which if ingested can damage blood cells and lead to difficulty
breathing, in the most severe cases it can result in kidney disease. Lighter
fluid is also very harmful and can cause skin irritation or gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression if ingested. If inhaled,
aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.

Keep citronella
candles, insect coils and oil products away from pets.
If a pet were to
ingest any one of these products, it can lead to stomach irritation and
possibly even central nervous system depression. Much like lighter fluid, when
these oils are inhaled they can cause aspiration pneumonia.

Never apply any
sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet unless it is labeled
specifically for use on animals.
Ingestion of sunscreen products can result
in vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and drooling. Insect repellents that
contain DEET are especially harmful and can lead to neurological problems.

If needed, take
additional precautions to keep your pet calm.
Even well-adjusted pets can
get anxious during out-of-the-ordinary events. If your pet is prone to anxiety,
please consider consulting with your veterinarian on ways to alleviate their
fear and anxiety prior to the 4th of July festivities. There are
many natural calming products that may help. We also recommend exercising your
dog early in the day, whether they are prone to anxiety or not. Make sure that
any off-leash time is securely fenced and any walks have a good leash as some
people may set off fireworks before dark.

We hope these tips are helpful, and wish you and your pets a
fantastic Independence Day filled with safe summertime fun!

Entertainment Time: DOGTV Viewing Party On March 9th

DogtvMuttropolis is moving into the entertainment
business, for an afternoon at least! We’re happy to be teaming up with DOGTV to host a viewing party for our
furry customers and adoring parents. DOGTV is cable’s first network for
canines, with every frame and sound designed 100% for dogs. The viewing party
will be held from 12pm to 3pm on Saturday, March 9th at our Newport Beach Muttropolis store in the Fashion Island
Shopping Center. “Puptails”
will be available for canine guests and special treats for their parents.

We’re dedicated to keeping a pulse on the latest and most innovative
products for pets, and that is why we have partnered with DOGTV. Many pups, and their owners, feel anxious
about their time apart, but with DOGTV that anxiety can be alleviated for
everyone. DOGTV promises all of the fidos in the world that they will never feel
alone again. A babysitter in a sense, DOGTV is for your dog when you can’t be!

Twopups

Committed
to preventing mental fatigue, depression and boredom, the creators of DOGTV have
conducted extensive research and found that dogs do in fact feel better in the
company of television, especially when the content is relaxing, stimulating, or
includes positive behavioral reinforcements. Soothing sounds with varying
frequencies are combined with carefully chosen visuals to generate different content
to calm, encourage playfulness, and expose dogs to habituating, comforting
stimuli. 

DOGTV is available
on COX On DEMAND at a subscription
price of $4.99/month. For every attendee who brings in proof of a DOGTV
subscription, DOGTV will donate $5 to Recycled
Pets
, an all breed K-9 rescue group in Orange County.
Recycled Pets rescues adoptable dogs from county shelters who would otherwise
be killed and place them into responsible, loving, forever homes.

RemoteThe DOGTV
Viewing Party is a great opportunity to entertain and socialize your pup, while
also educating yourself on how DOGTV might fit into your life. And don’t
forget, if you purchase a subscription, or already have one, bring proof and you’ll
be giving back to pups in need! Our Newport
Beach store is located at 865 Newport Center Drive. We hope to see
you and your pup there, between 12pm and 3pm on March 9th.