Reducing Anxiety in Pets at Your Facility: Summer 2023 Guide

Summer is a care-free, easy breezy time for us people but summertime for pets comes with a lot of potential stressors that could impact our pets. Loud noises from fireworks, high heat, and other environmental changes can trigger anxiety in pets. So, how can you create a tranquil, reassuring environment for pets at your facility? Let’s get into it!


Create a Safe Space

Designing a dedicated quiet zone for pets to retreat from loud noises, like fireworks, can be a sanctuary amid the summer hustle and bustle. A well-insulated space that muffles external sounds, outfitted with cozy bedding, is the first step toward a pet’s refuge. Complement this with calming pet music or soft nature sounds that can soothe anxious pets and encourage relaxation. Aromatherapy with pet-safe essential oils can be incorporated as well, creating a holistic sensory experience that promotes calm. Additionally, consider low-level lighting or soft nightlights to avoid startling shadows, further enhancing the sense of safety and tranquility within this space.


Calming Innovations

Embracing the world of pet tech and investing in calming aids can be a game-changer in managing pet anxiety. Products such as anxiety wraps provide a secure, swaddled feeling, emulating the comfort of a snug hug, while pheromone diffusers mimic the soothing scent of a mother dog or cat, providing familiar comfort to our fur friends. Technological advancements have even led to the development of smart toys that engage pets in stimulating activities, diverting their attention from potential stressors. Additionally, calming pet music or sound machines that emit white noise can further contribute to a serene atmosphere, helping pets feel secure and at ease even in the midst of summer commotion.


Move It, Shake It

Regular exercise is a time-proven stress buster for pets. Planning a structured exercise regime, preferably during the cooler early morning or evening hours, is an effective approach. Exercise doesn’t just help burn off pent-up energy, it also works wonders for their mental wellbeing. Engaging them in a variety of physical activities like agility courses, fetch games, or swimming strengthens their physical health while also providing much-needed mental stimulation. The consistent routine and the natural fatigue post-exercise can contribute to lowering their sensitivity to stressors, promoting a calmer demeanor throughout the day.


The Personal Touch

Every pet is unique, each with their own character, preferences, and responses to stress. Personalized attention is key in recognizing and catering to these individual needs. Incorporating one-on-one playtimes, tailored to their favorite games and toys, or grooming sessions that follow their comfort rhythm, can significantly boost their sense of security. This hands-on approach not only builds trust but also helps us better understand their stress signals, empowering us to respond promptly and effectively in anxiety-inducing situations.

Educate Pet Parents

Empowering pet owners with the right information is a crucial part of reducing pet anxiety. Providing them with tips and resources can equip them to help their pets navigate anxiety triggers more smoothly. This could encompass teaching them desensitization techniques to acclimate their pets to loud noises or new environments, and suggesting reliable anxiety aids they could use at home. Additionally, educating pet parents about recognizing signs of heat stress – such as excessive panting, lethargy, or loss of appetite – can prove vital. This will allow them to respond promptly and seek professional help if necessary, ensuring their pet’s health and comfort even outside your facility.