Depending on where you live the 4th of July can bring a lot of stress for our indoor pets and even the livestock outside. I remember the first year we move to our house my husband had some friends over and after dark, they were setting off fireworks in the backyard. My 125lb saint bernard was glued to my leg the whole night till all of the explosions stopped and the neighbors decided to stop shooting off their rifles. The poor guy was so stressed all I could do was sit on the floor with him and read a book till it was over and he calmed down. Yes, the guys felt bad after they came in and realized how stressed he was.

Over the years I have tried different things to see what works and what doesn’t to keep our animals calm on the holidays where there is bound to be some noise.

Indoor pets

First, read the herbal profiles of each herb suggesting before giving to your animal. Espeishaly if you have pregnant or lactating animals.

Lavender – Putting a few drops of essential oils in your diffuser about an hour before all of the festivities start will help calm everyone in the house.

Dried Lavender – Adding dried lavender to the feed of any of your foliage eating animals the day before will help tremendously.

Essential oil blend – panic button, this is an oil that I LOVE┬áto use on myself as well as in the diffuser for stressful situations or when I am just getting stressed with day to day life. As soon as I smell it I feel instantly calmer.

Patichouli – is a wonderful and fast acting essential oil that can help calm the animal in seconds. Just put a drop or two on your hands and rub on their nose and muzzle. The oil is not the best smelling oil so if your animal is not severely stressed you might be ok without it.

Chamomile – You can make a tea with the dried herb and add it to the animals drinking water the day before and the day of the coming festivities.

Play music to help cover up the sudden noises. This may work for some animals. Chose something that you listen to just like any other day and play at the normal level. If it is out of the ordinary this can also stress them out.

 

Outdoor livestock

First, read the herbal profiles of each herb suggesting before giving to your animal. Espeishaly if you have pregnant or lactating animals.

For livestock, close them up in their coop, pen, or stall early. Keep the barn, cage or hutch dark will also help keep them calm and feel secure. Draping tarps or blankets over openings in of the cages or barn windows will also help.

Lavender – Put a drop or two on your hands and rub on their nose and muzzle about an hour before all of the festivities start will help calm them down rather quickly.

Dried Lavender – Adding dried lavender to the feed of any of your foliage eating animals the day before will help tremendously.

Patichouli – is a wonderful and fast acting essential oil that can help calm the animal in seconds. Just put a drop or two on your hands and rub on their nose and muzzle. The oil is not the best smelling oil so if your animal is not severely stressed you might be ok without it.

Chamomile – You can make a tea with the dried herb and add it to the animals drinking water the day before and the day of the coming festivities.

Calming Stall Spray
10 – drops of Patichouli
15 – 20 drops of lavender
2 – cups of water
Shake well and often while spraying.

 

Linked below are affordable links to buy recommended oils or dried herbs. All oils linked have not been diluted so caution should be taken when giving to cats or animals with skin sensitivities.

Lavender oil,

Chamomile oil,

Paticholi oil

Aura Cacia – Panic Button

 

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