The sights and sounds of summer can be entertaining for some, but stressful for others

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North Andover, MA, June 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As many prepare for barbecues and get-togethers with friends and family, for a large number of pets, the evening of the 4th of July has moved to cowering under the bed, hiding and feeling stressed. Although loved by humans when they light up the night sky in an impressive way, fireworks often bring chaos and stress to the homes of pet owners. A new research report finds lead from fireworks in the category of stressful activities for pets.

According to a Wakefield Research survey of 1,000 nationally representative American adults, commissioned by Bach® Rescue Remedy® Animala homeopathic liquid anti-stress remedy for pets made with natural flower essences, the majority of current and former pet owners say that fireworks are a major cause of stress for their pet(s) animal(s) (54%).

The report goes on to share the other top stressors including thunderstorms (53%), being left alone or separated from owners (46%), going to the vet or groomer (44%) and to travel (28%). Almost all (91%) current dog or cat owners say their pet has felt stressed by at least one of these situations. Also, a stressed pet can mean a stressed owner. Nearly half (43%) of current owners of a cat or dog say they are or have felt stressed seeing their pet stressed. During the summer months there is an increase in a combination of stressors with summer storms, more travel and loud celebrations like the 4th of July.

“It’s important to anticipate the stress your pets may feel in certain situations and get ahead of the game,” said Cathy Madson, pet expert at Preventive Vet and spokesperson for Bach Rescue Remedy Pet. “We all know what will happen on the evening of the 4th of Julye, which means we can be proactive in reducing noise-related stress. I recommend offering Bach Rescue Remedy Pet starting several days in advance in your pet’s water, on treats, or directly in the mouth to begin the calming effect before the fireworks start. This also goes for preparing for an impending storm, grooming, or a trip to the vet, leaving them alone at home or on a trip.

Stress management for pets is just as important as stress management for yourself. Much research has investigated how interacting with pets reduces stress and how simply petting a dog or cat, for example, reduces the stress hormone cortisol and increases oxytocin, the feel-good hormone, the same hormone that binds mothers to their babies. It is therefore not surprising to discover that a stressed animal can increase stress in the home.

Additionally, research has found that pets and their owners often share similar stress triggers from comparable events and seeing each other’s responses can worsen each other’s stress levels. These stressors run the gamut in humans from bad weather or natural disasters (42%), going to the doctor or dentist (39%), being away from family/friends too long (31%) and traveling. (20%). Among participants surveyed, more females (41% vs. 33% of males) and under 40 (44% vs. 32% of 40+) felt stressed when seeing their pet stressed.

Are you looking for respite for you and your pet? According to the survey, more than half (51%) of current and former pet owners would bring relief to their frightened furry companions with a natural, herbal or homeopathic remedy. Additionally, research shows that more than half (56%) of Americans are likely to use these natural, herbal, or homeopathic remedies to relieve their own stress.

“When we are able to stay calm and confident, our pets feel more secure.” Madson said. “It’s okay to comfort your pet when they’re anxious, but you need to stay calm and relaxed yourself. Pets know when we are stressed, and if they sense it in you, they will often mirror those emotions. Many pet owners are concerned about using prescription drugs, so trying a remedy with natural ingredients is appealing to them. For years I have recommended Bach Rescue Remedy Pet as a sedative-free way to treat stress and occasional anxiety in pets. My clients have also found the non-addictive human formula beneficial for themselves.

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Nelsons, Bach’s Keeper® Original floral remedies and rescue® brands, helping people live happier, healthier lives since 1860. Nelsons portfolio of stress and sleep remedies and dietary supplements help support adults, children and pets, working in harmony with mind and body to give individual harmony, helping you navigate an increasingly hectic and complex world.

Homeopathic product claims are based on traditional homeopathic practice and not accepted medical evidence. Not evaluated by the FDA. Homeopathic remedies may not work for everyone. Individual results may vary.

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Betsy Helgager Hughes
Bach Rescue Remedy Pet
[email protected]

Source: Nelsons Bach USA Ltd.

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