10 Tips for Calming Your Dog During Fireworks

10 tips for calming your dog

Fireworks can be very scary for many dogs. It is normal for dogs to be afraid of loud sounds. Loud sounds trigger their nervous systems, and they can become anxious or afraid. They may hide, shake, pant, drool, or even run away. In fact, during the 4th of July holiday more dogs are found wandering loose than any other day. For these reasons, it is very important to be prepared for fireworks and other loud noises:

10 Tips for calming your dog during fireworks:

  1.  Be sure your dog gets plenty of exercise on those days when you expect there will be fireworks. Dogs tend to be more relaxed after exercise.
  2. Place your dog in the quietest place inside the house. A basement or small dark rooms may help calm your dog.
  3. Keep your windows, doors, and curtains closed. This will help with any visual disturbances.
  4. If your dog is comfortable in a crate, he may feel safe there.  You might also cover the crate with a blanket.
  5. Comfort your dog by staying with him. Holding your dog close or petting your dog may help.
  6. Play music to mask the loud sounds.
  7. Give your dog a bone or chew toy to help keep him occupied.
  8. Purchase a Thundershirt for your dog. Surveys have shown that over 80% of dogs show significant improvement in symptoms when wearing a Thundershirt.
  9. Check your pet store for calming aids such as collars, ointments, pills, or other remedies.
  10. Ask your vet for advice. Some dogs may need medication to calm them down during stressful events such as fireworks.

Your dog should always be wearing a tag with identification, but this is especially important during the 4th of July when dogs might get scared and run away. 


Sick Babies

It’s been a crazy week here at the ABC household. Artie has been suffering with terrible allergies. His eyes are runny and red, and the left eye is partially closed. I called the vet and set up an appointment, only to have to cancel it due to an appointment for myself. So Artie continues to suffer…although the eye rinse and Children’s Benedryl brings some relief. He will see the vet Monday morning.


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Artie and his sad allergy eyes 


Coby was our bigger concern. Coby wasn’t acting normal on Sunday. He couldn’t get comfortable, wouldn’t eat, and his stomach kept making lots of noises. On Monday, he appeared to feel a little better and ate some food. It was Tuesday morning that I discovered he had bright red blood in his runny stool. I immediately called the vet and took him in to get examined. While at the vet, he threw up three times, two times it was nothing but a pile of bright red blood.

After ruling out any type of worm, the vet discovered two of his bacteria levels were high. He was in rough shape so that vet encouraged me to hospitalize him. Reluctantly, I left him there around 11 am. They gave him IV fluids, medication to stop the vomiting and diarrhea, Pepcid, and antibiotics. He didn’t have any more vomiting or diarrhea after that point so I was able to pick him up from the vet at 5:30 pm that same day. They kept his IV port in his leg overnight just in case he needed fluids again the next day.


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Coby and his IV port 


After a really good night of sleep with mommy and daddy, Coby was still really tired and weak the next day. I took him back to the vet and they gave him some fluids under the skin and another shot of Pepcid. Pepcid helps with the intestinal bleeding.

So today, Thursday, is a better day. Cody ate well and had his first bowel movement since Tuesday. It was solid but covered with dark blood (which is better than bright red). He has also been more active. We will continue his antibiotic, Pepcid, and probiotic until he visits the doctor next Friday, May 20. We pray that everything is cleared up by then and that he will be back to his normal happy self!

It’s been some week!!!


February is National Pet Dental Health Month

dental health month for pets

Disclosure: ABC were given some dental treats from Chewy.com in return for this post.


According to the American Veterinary Medical Association(AVMA), an organization dedicated to advancing the science and art of veterinary medicine, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the age of three.

Dental disease can be deadly. Bacteria in an animal’s mouth can get into a pet’s bloodstream and infuse different organs, causing infections that can potentially cause death. The AVMA reports the organs most often affected by oral diseases are the lungs, heart, kidneys and liver, and even the nervous system.

Four simple steps to dental care:

  1. Brush your pet’s teeth on a regular basis. It’s best to start this when they are young so they grow accustomed to it.
  2. Purchase dental toys, treats, and food.
  3. Take your pet to the veterinarian for a regular examination (at least one a year).
  4. Schedule a dental cleaning when necessary.

Signs of dental disease:

  1. Bad breath
  2. Loose or discolored teeth or teeth covered in tartar
  3. Your pet is not comfortable with you touching within the mouth area
  4. Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
  5. Bleeding from the mouth
  6. Loss of appetite or loss of weight

Test yourself: 

How much do you know about your pet’s dental health? Take a quiz to find out

Treats for teeth:

Artie, Buddy, and Coby love to chew on treats! Lucky for me, some treats are tasty and healthy. The dental bones below are a couple of ABC’s favorites. They assist with cleaning teeth and freshening breath. You can find these treats at your local pet store, but why leave home when Chewy.com has these two brands and so much more?

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PetSmart Flash Sale – Today Only

A very exciting 25% OFF FLASH SALE (10% Food, Flea & Tick) at PetSmart.com this Tuesday, January 26 for 8 hours only (12pm – 8pm EST). Now is the time to stock up! Use my link to get this discount…your pups will be happy you did!

Flash Sale: 25% OFF FLASH SALE 8 HOURS (12P-8P EST) – 10% off Food & Flea + Tick at PetSmart.com!


Dangers of Xylitol….PLEASE Read

Dangers of Xylitol


What is Xylitol:

Xylitol is a sugar substitute most often associated with “sugar-free” chewing gum and mints, but it’s also found some brands of peanut butter, toothpastes, certain medications, and vitamins, many sugar-free products (chocolate, JELLO, yogurt, pudding), and even some household products such as baby wipes and lip balm.

Why is it so dangerous:

According to Caroline Coile, AKC Family Dog Nutrition & Health columnist: “The dog’s pancreas confuses xylitol with real sugar and releases insulin to store it. The insulin removes real sugar from the bloodstream and the dog can become weak, and have tremors and even seizures starting within 30 minutes of eating it.” Other symptoms of hypoglycemia include poor coordination and vomiting/diarrhea.

Liver failure (and death) can also result from xylitol ingestion, and symptoms can take as much as eight hours as show up. A dog only needs to consume a very little amount of xylitol to receive a deadly dose. As much as two pieces of gum can cause a problem in a small-breed dog.

To find out more about Xylitol, please see the article below:


Things Needed When Traveling with a Dog


This weekend we are all headed to see my mom and dad in Ohio. When traveling with a dog, there are many things you need to remember to take with you. I started making a pile of all the things we will be taking for ABC. It is a good idea to make a list of things you take when traveling and then add to the list as you think of more needed things.

First of all. you need some type of bag to carry all their supplies. I happen to have this adorable bag from Thirty One. This bag is really a little small, but it works for almost all their supplies.


Here are the supplies we are taking this weekend:

  1. Our bag
  2. The dog crate
  3. Blankets
  4. Car seats
  5. Dry food and wet food
  6. Treats
  7. Hip & Joint supplements (medication)
  8. Bowls for food and water
  9. Dog leashes
  10. Doggie waste bags
  11. Dog toys
  12. Carpet cleaner in a spray bottle
  13. Paper towels

What else do you think I should take or what else would you take?