Don’t Forget Pet Safety On the 4th of July!

Consider this a PSA for pet owners and non-pet owners. Pet safety is always important but when we have celebrations – like the 4th of July –  sometimes people get so caught up in the celebration that they forget about the safety of their pets (or our friends or neighbors pets).

Animals are highly vibrational. They walk barefoot on the ground all the time, so they are constantly in touch with the energies of the earth. In fact, many times animals will leave an area before a natural disaster occurs.

They also can pick up on the vibrations of humans. Ever had your pet just sit by your side when you aren’t feeling well? Some animals are even capable of detecting cancer in humans.

So when all the festivities start on the 4th of July (or any other celebratory occasion), animals pick up on  that same excited vibe. But they don’t understand what’s going on: the confusion, lots of food and drinks and loud noises. So it’s up to us to keep them safe.

We have always had pets who enjoyed the fireworks! Two of our dogs were like addicts and couldn’t get enough of fireworks. Another one just sat in our yard with us and enjoyed them. And one of our current dogs thinks any loud noise – fireworks, thunder – is the shot at the start of a race and she runs a lap around our yard! Even though she was never a race dog.

But last year, a neighbor’s dog jumped one of our gates, launched herself off my husband’s car over another gate into our yard and came in our house through the doggie door! And my dogs escorted her over to me with no growling at each other. They picked up on her vibe that she was darn scared!

We felt so bad for this poor pouch! She was scared, thirsty and had no ID. Talk about inconsiderate pet owners!!

So here are a few tips to be aware of so everyone can safely enjoy the celebration:

  • Make sure your pet has ID: tags with contact information or chipped.
  • Diffuse Lavender essential oil before the celebrations begin. When you diffuse essential oils, they have a direct effect on emotions. And since Lavender is a calming oil, you can get a head start on keeping your pets calm.
  • Apply Lavender or Vetiver on your pet’s back or paws to help calm them. Make sure your essential oil is labeled safe for ingestion in case your pet licks it off. (If you would like to learn more about essential oils for humans or pets, click here: http://livebalancednaturally.com/essential-oils/

  • There is also a Bach Flower Remedy (a holistic formula) which you can give your pets to help calm them. It’s found at many stores or online.
  • If possible, consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate (if they are crate trained).
  • Lower the blinds and put on the TV or radio to help block the noise.
  • Keep glow sticks, glow jewelry, citronella candles, insect coils and tiki torch oil products out of your pet’s reach. If they ingest them, it may cause stomach irritation and possible central nervous system issues.
  • Pets like to table surf and many times food and drinks are right at their level. And most are opportunists! However, many foods are poisonous to pets but they don’t know it. Plus be careful of those adult beverages around pets – not good for them!

  • Make sure your family and guests are all aware of these tips and ask them to honor them.

And if you would like some ideas to enjoy a healthy 4th, here’s a link to a blog I wrote a couple of years ago: http://livebalancednaturally.com/7-healthy-tips-help-survive-4th/

Don’t forget to check out the super, easy recipe for nutritious dog treats below. You might even want to try one yourself!!

Here’s to celebrating our freedom safely – for pets and humans!!

I’d love to hear if you have any 4th of July pet stories….

In Peace and Good Health,

Patti

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Not only do I like to eat healthy but I make sure my dogs do also. And I’m very picky about the types of treats they get.

This is a super easy recipe anyone can make!

It’s also gluten and grain free.

You can use peanut, cashew or almond butter but make sure there are no added oils, salt or sweeteners (especially xylitol) to keep it healthy.

Quinoa and Nut Butter Healthy Dog Treats
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Quinoa and Nut Butter Healthy Dog Treats
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Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees
  2. Bring 2-3 cups Water and the Quinoa to a boil. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
  3. Add the Nut Butter and stir well to blend
  4. Put the mixture in a mini muffin pan or on a baking sheet (you will have to cut the treats after baked)
  5. Bake at 250 degrees for about 2 1/2 hours or until it’s easy to scoop out
  6. Let cool thoroughly before serving or cutting (if you used a baking sheet)
  7. Makes about 36 treats which can also be stored in the freezer You might even want to snack on one yourself!!
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