Loud noises can be an issue at any time BUT one of the most common times for animals to deal with loud noises is the 4th of July. It’s great to have fun but it’s also a pain when you are trying to keep your animals from going bizerk. Yes, that is a word I am sure of it.
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Knowing how to keep animals calm with crashing and load noises is almost impossible. For some animals, you just have to keep them from recking your house or hurting themselves.
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 until all of the explosions stopped and the neighbors decided to stop shooting off their rifles. Its a country thing, don’t freak out on me.
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.
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You Are The Key
Regardless of whether or not your animals are indoor or outdoor, they look to you for comfort or to help them make a judgment on whether or not it is time to freak out or calm down. If momma is stressed then they are going to lose it too. If you stay calm then you will help them stay calm as well.
It is not easy and will take practice but you have to learn to stomach your fears. They will pick up on your energy.
Herbs To Help Animals Stay Calm
Quick side note. Check out the herbal profiles of each herb suggested before giving them to your animal. Espeishaly if you have pregnant or plan to use them on 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 you and your animals. Plus your house will smell great so that is an added bonus. If you don’t have that much notice just put a few drops on your hands and rub them together then run your hands over your animal’s muzzle and body.
Dried Lavender – Adding dried lavender to the feed of any of your foliage eating animals the day before will help tremendously. I love to do this for my animals that are going to shows. This helps them stay on feed and not behave so poorly.
Oh, you thought rabbits were sweet all the time? hahaha oh, sweet friend your dilution is adorable.
Patchouli – 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. This oil helped me get through speech class it works that well.
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 festivities.
Other Tips For Indoor Animals
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.
Close them in a smaller dark room
You can also close them in a smaller room and keep the lights off if the dark will help them. If not you may just have to sit with them.
If you can avoid medication I would try for the first little bit because if you can work with the animal to remain calm it will help him learn to get over is fears. BUT don’t be afraid to ask your vet for something to help if you can’t control the animal during these situations. My vet gives me medication for my saint bernard so we can cut his nails and it is AMAZING! He still does not like it but we don’t have near the battle we used to.
How To Keep Animals Calm That Live Outdoors
For livestock, close them up in their coop, pen, or stall early. Keeping 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.
If you have animals that might jump around or run into things like rabbits sometimes do. Take the things out of the cage that could cause them to hurt themselves.
Calming Stall Spray
10 – drops of Patchouli
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.
These are not all inclusive but have definitely helped me. If you want to ask about another type of essential oil or herb drop it in the comments and I will look into the herb and leave you an answer.