A Canine Conundrum
Fireworks fear in furry friends and the calming effects of CBD
Fireworks are fun.
But not for everyone.
Take for example, dogs.
If you are or have ever been a pet owner whose furry friends are less than enthusiastic when it comes to fireworks you are undoubtedly aware of the cacophonic related misery they endure during the endless stretch of pyrotechnics that accompany the 4th.
And this coming weekend with Independence Day falling on a Monday the noisemakers, particularly the screaming bottle rocket type, will have an entire weekend to wreak havoc with Fido’s ears and fears.
It’s pretty easy to see why ‘works are disturbing to our favored quadrupeds. Not only do they possess superior hearing compared to us mere humans but they have no concept of things like the 4th of July. To them it’s just another day with the only difference being the notion that their home (and ears) are under attack.
Hence the angst.
A while back we did an article on the CBD store in Fremont and recalled their line of products for animals. Since we are on the cusp of the Independence Day weekend we asked owner Rod Glupker for the skinny on the use of their product for pets.
RG- “Everyone knows how stressful lightning or fireworks can be for dogs.. According to an article published in the Frontiers in Veterinary Science Journal, ‘noise aversion or reactivity is one of the most common fearful behaviors in dogs, with 40 to 50% of dogs demonstrating at least one fearful behavior in response to noise exposure.’
“Evidence suggests that CBD is a safe and natural aid to this wide-spread problem for our four-legged companions. Every mammal has an endocannabinoid system. That is why CBD can help with anxiety and stress without getting the four legged creatures high.
“We recommend you administer CBD to your dog several hours before the fireworks to allow it to pass through the digestive system and begin to work.”
If your pet is prone to firework fear perhaps CBD could help them get through the weekend with only a dollop of dread while giving you a chance to enjoy the holiday a bit more without having to nurse your pet through a panic attack
CBD Store of Michigan is located at 37 E Main St. in Fremont.
Watch Those Sparklers!
Gerber Memorial physician shares fireworks safety tips ahead of July Fourth
Fremont, Mich., June 24, 2022 – With fireworks starting to fly off store shelves ahead of the July 4 weekend and many backyard bonfires planned, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial family physician Randall Ceton, MD, offers a few tips to stay safe.
Ceton said emergency room treatment for fireworks-related injuries went up 50 percent between 2019 and 2020, possibly because the COVID-19 pandemic shut down public fireworks displays, and individuals may have turned to more fireworks use at their homes, according to data. Burns make up most fireworks injuries, at 44 percent, according to the Consumers Safety Product Commission. Firecrackers and sparklers are the most common causes of injuries, with sparklers capable of reaching temperatures up to 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals, Ceton said, citing CSPC data.
Basic safety tips when enjoying fireworks include:
Ceton said: “I’m grateful for these safety precautions that anyone can follow so we can celebrate our nation’s Independence Day with family, friends and fireworks, while staying safe at the same time.”
Ceton said common areas of injuries are hands and fingers, followed by the head, face and ears.
Need A Home Test?
At-home COVID-19 test kits available at DHD#10 offices
June 20, 2022 – District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) is announcing that all of its offices will be distributing a limited number of COVID-19 home test kits.
“We are very excited to make our offices a distribution point for take-home COVID-19 tests,” said DHD#10 Health Officer Kevin Hughes. “Testing and vaccination are important steps to keeping our community safe and our COVID-19 infection low. Test kits are limited, but we hope to see you come by.”
COVID-19 test kits are limited at each DHD#10 office and are available on a first come, first served basis. Individuals are asked to take one kit per person, and up to four kits per household. Each kit has two tests inside and expire January 2023. COVID-19 at-home kits will be available during business hours.
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Compassion, Awareness, and Hope
Spectrum Health adds free suicide prevention trainings to address mental health, well-being
Fremont, Mich., June 9, 2022 – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial has scheduled additional suicide prevention trainings, open to all community members.
Spectrum Health’s certified trainers will lead the free “Question, Persuade, Refer” training. QPR training is designed to increase the ability to identify people with suicidal thoughts or behaviors and intervene to save a life. The QPR training will teach participants how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, offer hope and get help to save a life.
In addition to sessions already scheduled for June in Grant and Twin Lake, additional trainings are now scheduled for August, September and November in Newaygo and Muskegon counties.
The updated list of training sessions:
Previously, Spectrum Health has held free QPR trainings in Fremont, Newaygo and Montague.
“Spectrum Health is pleased to offer additional ‘Question, Persuade, Refer’ training sessions to help empower anyone, anywhere, with the tools and knowledge that can help spot individuals in trouble and engage them in ways that can potentially save lives,” said Jena Zeerip, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial community education manager. “Spectrum Health is proud to partner with our local communities so we can address a health need that’s on everyone’s minds, and that’s mental and behavioral health and well-being. Spectrum Health’s ‘Question, Persuade, Refer’ trainings can make a real difference by engaging with compassion, raising awareness and offering hope.”
To register: 231.924.3073 or email@example.com