Summer Activities that Can
Cause Stress in Pets
Updated June 2023 | By: Dr. James Bascharon, DVM
The warmer months of spring and summer bring a lot of fun activities for us humans, but they can also come with a lot of stressors for our pets. While you won’t always be able to control your environment, you can learn how to help reduce and manage feelings of stress in your pet.
Find out what can trigger stress in your pet and learn how to help keep them calm so you both can relax and enjoy yourselves!
Fireworks & loud noises
While not specific to just warmer months, summer is prime time for loud noises that can stress out both dogs and cats. Noises like fireworks, landscapers, and thunderstorms can be terrifying to your pets; they won’t understand what’s going on and will look to you for support. Try these tips for keeping your pet calm if they get stressed and anxious from loud noises:
- Hang out with your pet in a basement (if possible)
- Have background noise (TV or soft music)
- Don't try to force them to endure
More pets go missing on the 4th and 5th of July than any other time of year. Make sure your pets are microchipped in case they escape for a quick reunion. Learn more on how to keep them calm specifically around Fourth of July Fireworks.
Summer travel with pets
- Food & treats
- Health & veterinarian information
- A couple of favorite toys
- Up to date contact information
- Emergency contact information (in case you can’t be reached)
- Vaccination records (Including Kennel Cough)
Hosting parties or large gatherings
- Tug of war
- Interactive/puzzle toys
- “Hide and Seek”
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