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Anxious animals? Top tips to keep them calm during fireworks season
16th October 2014
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Fireworks can be exciting magical to us humans, but not all of our furry friends are accustomed to loud noises. If your pet is anxious around loud noises, it's time to act now.

 


 

Too early to be worried about fireworks? If you have a dog or cat that is sensitive to noise, now is the time to prepare. Waiting until November to start getting your pet accustomed to the noise of fireworks will be too late. By slowly introducing noises to sensitive pets and gradually increasing the volume you can begin the process of de-sensitisation.

It is always advisable to keep pets indoors on firework night, and this is especially important for those pets who are phobic about noise.

The firework season can be a scary time for pets but you can help by following some of these tips and guidelines:

 

  • Provide a den or hiding place where your pet can feel safe
  • Increase your pet’s feeling of security by plugging in an Adaptil or Feliway diffuser as close to the den or hiding place as possible. Start using the diffuser at least a few days before fireworks are expected.
  • Ignore fearful behaviour, such a panting, shaking and whining. Dogs may pick up on their owner’s anxiety which could make the problem worse.
  • In the run up to Bonfire Night walk your dog when it is still light outside. This reduces the possibility of fireworks being set off and your dog becoming worried.
  • Make sure all windows, doors and cat flaps are securely closed during firework night. This will reduce the chances of your pets escaping.
  • Provide extra litter trays for cats in case they are not used to being confined to the house.
  • Provide distractions, for example new toys or chews, while fireworks are happening. Draw curtains and switch on the TV to mask the noise from the fireworks.
  • Try not to leave your pets alone while fireworks are going off, pets will be more relaxed when they have a familiar person with them during this time.
  • DO NOT punish your pet! This will only make your pet more distressed.


The most important message is: Remember, Remember act now not in November!


If you need further information, help or products, Kydd and Kydd Vets can help. Visit their website here www.kyddandkyddvets.co.uk

 

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