It’s Pet Anxiety Awareness Week!

June 25-July 1 is Pet Anxiety Awareness week, just in time for a very busy summer weekend. Just like humans, pets also experience fear, anxiety and stress (FAS). With Fourth of July festivities just around the corner, it’s important to remember that your pet may be extra sensitive to the sounds of fireworks and other large noises.

Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, and they can become frightened or disoriented by the sound. Please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities, and opt, instead, to keep them safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home. Some pets have a real fear of loud noises (noise aversion) and they can harm themselves and others when frightened by fireworks.

Symptoms of FAS include:

• Panting or shaking/trembling
• Hyper Salivation
• Excessive vocalization
• Destructiveness
• Hiding
• Aggression
• Self-harm

FAS is more common in dogs, but cats can also suffer and show similar symptoms. Be sure to give extra care toward your hiding cat if necessary.

Visit a VIP Petcare Wellness Center and talk to our Veterinarians to learn more and how you can help your pet deal with these symptoms.

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