Tuesday Reflections

Suffice it to say that I was worried about Annie’s reaction to the fireworks yesterday. Who could blame me? My poor dog reacts so scared and frightened, I am afraid she is headed for a heart attack. I had my stash of everything related to making her day easier on my kitchen counter.

I gave her the first CBD treat at 6:30 when the fireworks started. I also provided regular treats while I put on her Thunder Shirt. I started by adjusting the collar. She just gazed into my eyes and waited for another treat. I repeatedly called her by name and told her what a good girl she was.

After the first CBD treat, she was very calm. As the explosions came more frequently, I half expected her to request some munchies to deal with the noise. It seemed like smooth sailing, until they started going off much closer to my house. I reached for the prescription medication from the vet. If only I was ambidextrous, I might have been able to get her med in the place it was supposed to go. The applicator said to apply the medicine between the lip and the gums. Yeah, sure. The vet tech had told me that if Annie swallowed the medication, it would do no good. I think she swallowed most of it.

Back to the drawing board for me. I gave Annie the 2 mgs of Melatonin that was safe for her. I wanted to suppress her anxiety, so she didn’t freak out as the explosions came closer together. She did great. She wasn’t panting, searching for a hiding place, or running around. She’d look around as the noise increased but did not panic.

At midnight, it was quiet. I took off her Thunder Shirt. Ten minutes later the fireworks stated up again. Poor Annie was frightened, and her heart was racing. I quickly put back on her shirt and gave her treats. She calmed down to a degree. She became a Velcro dog. I had to pet her nonstop. She had to be laying on me as much as she could. It was after 1 am before the house was quiet again.

I learned a lot from this 4th of July. Annie was in much better shape this year than any previous years. I will do even better for Annie next year.

FOWC ambidextrous  blame

Daily Word Prompt suffice

The Daily Spur suppress  draft related

Rag Tag  eyes   sail



19 thoughts on “Tuesday Reflections

  1. I’m glad some of the things you tried helped at least a little. I’m glad the 4th is over for now. I was surprised that our neighborhood was fairly quiet. There were a few pops and whizzes, but I looked out and never even saw one. 🙂

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  2. Our last dog was terrified of fireworks and she would be shaking and crying and panting all night long. It was agonizing to watch. We got a rescue dog this past March and we didn’t know what to expect for her first 4th of July with us. But she was fine. Didn’t seem to be too fazed by the bangs and pops. She noticed them, but it didn’t freak her out like the fireworks did with our previous dog. Phew!

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  3. This was the first time in 39 years we weren’t consoling a scared dog. Thunder Shirt, always worked reasonably well for Maddie, if we got her to fall asleep before the fireworks started. She would sleep through them.

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