If there is a holiday pet parents are well-aware of, it’s the Fourth of July. Whether you’re the type of pet owner who likes to travel for the holiday or the type who stays local, it is likely that you have to take some extra considerations for your furry friend.
Feeding On The Go
Prior to the era of COVID-19, 49 million Americans traveled for the Fourth of July in 20191. Of these, it’s guaranteed at least some people brought their pets along for the ride. Traveling with a pet can be difficult (and sometimes expensive) when you consider the need to transport their food, water, and supplies with them!
The easiest solution for pet parents is finding food and treats that are portable and easy to feed. But where are these found?! Momentum Carnivore Nutrition answers this question with meal bars and treats for those who may be traveling this holiday weekend.
Momentum’s meal bars are a convenient way to feed raw, anytime, and anywhere. These all-natural, freeze-dried bars are the perfect option for travelers who aren’t able to lug a cooler with raw food or a big bag of kibble along. Simply add water, allow 3 to 5 minutes for rehydration, and serve! Our meal bars come in beef, turkey, and chicken flavors in convenient 8.8 ounce bags, perfect for on-the-go feeding.
Travel Treat Time
It’s important to praise pets for good behavior while traveling. Basic pet training teaches that by reinforcing positive behaviors, you increase the chances of your pet acting this way in the future. Condition your pet to behave well on trips using verbal praises, plentiful pets, and treats!
Momentum Carnivore Nutrition treats are just as portable and nutritious as the meal bars. All treats are freeze-dried, raw, premium quality with zero fillers and can be served either dry or moistened. Bags conveniently come in 1 or 4 ounce sizes, making these treats perfect for travel by car or plane. With over 10 unique flavor options to choose from, Momentum’s got you and your pet’s backs!
Preparing for Loud Noises
A holiday known for boisterous celebrations featuring outdoor BBQs and awe-inspiring firework displays is known to be fun for humans, but for some of our animal counterparts… not so much.
According to a study published in the journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science, it is estimated that about 45% of dogs have a firework phobia1. That’s nearly half! If your pet is known to cower in the corner (or under furniture) in the presence of loud noises it’s best to prepare ahead of time.
What Can I Do?
As pet parents, we always want to know what we can do to make our pets feel safe. In preparation for the firework festivities consider the following options:
- CBD treats: It’s fairly common knowledge that humans use CBD for anxiety and stress-related concerns2. But did you know pets can also benefit from CBD oil? There are studies that support anecdotal benefits for pain and anxiety3, but it’s always wise to check with your veterinarian beforehand in case of interactions with other medicines your pet may be taking.
- Diffused lavender oil: Lavender oil has the potential to provide a calming effect for dogs when properly diluted4. Just like in humans, lavender oil can promote stress relief and relaxation in pets. However, it is very important that it is diluted properly as to not harm your pet!
- Security items: Does your pet have a particular toy or blanket they turn to when they’re feeling stressed? Make sure these objects are readily available before the fireworks begin. Fireworks and other sudden loud noises can send your pet into panic mode, so having known comfort objects nearby can help to mitigate the panic.
- Safe Space: In the same breath as the point above, find a space in your home that you can dedicate to your pet during this time. This can be your pet’s crate or a closet where they can hide out away from the noise. Place the security items in this space to up the comfort and reduce anxiety.
- Calming Vest: Many pet owners rave about the ThunderShirt5. This is a vest that wraps around your pet that is said to instantly calm them through the use of continuous, gentle pressure. ThunderShirts are veterinarian recommended and advertise a calming effect on over 80% of dogs5.
- Light music: Having other sounds going in the home can distract your pet from the thundering firework noises. Classical music is a popular option6, or tuning into the Relaxing TV for Dogs channel on Youtube. This channel streams relaxing music and dog-friendly visuals for those pups who appreciate TV time.
Regardless of your Fourth of July plans, Momentum Carnivore Nutrition is here to help you and your pet have the best holiday pawsible! Bring along the portable meal bars while traveling or give your pet delicious raw treats to promote good behavior during firework shows. If celebrating isn’t your style, create a safe space, and spend the night cuddling with your furry friend! Whatever your holiday weekend has in store, our team at Momentum Carnivore Nutrition hopes you all stay happy and stay safe!
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