Fireworks and pets dealing with anxiety
As Guy Fawkes night approaches, the lead up to November 5th see fireworks being off earlier each year. Unfortunately a lot of pets suffer with anxiety during this period.
Fireworks season is one of the loudest times of the year for our pets, therefore it’s important we don’t forget about them. Although the flashes and loud bangs maybe exciting for both children and adults for pets this can be very frightening.
Fireworks can be a terrifying experience and cause our pets to act unpredictably which can put their safety and the safety of others at risk. It is therefore very important to help keep our pets safe to avoid them escaping or turning aggressive through fear.
Tips to help with your pets anxiety
- Turn up the TV or Radio to help reduce the sound of big bangs
- Act normal. When it comes to our pets they can sense their owners reaction. If you remain calm it will help send positive signals to them.
- Give them treats or play with their toys as a distraction and reward for being calm.
- Make sure you feed your pet prior to any fireworks starting, if they are anxious they may not eat.
- With dogs ensure you walk them early on an evening before any fireworks begin.
- Ensure the doors and windows are closed, close the blinds or curtains to help block the flashes off light. With cats ensure they are safely inside the house and that the cat flap is blocked so they cannot get out, a small dog could also escape through a cat flap.
- All dogs, by law should be microchipped, however it may be a good idea to microchip your cat. A collar with an ID tag is also helpful in the event they did get out.
- Water bowls should be topped up as pets which are anxious pant a lot more and therefore drink more.
If your pet does suffer quite easy from anxiety, please do not hesitate to contact our team to discuss our range of calming products to help keep your pets stress free this firework season.
What to avoid doing when it comes to Fireworks
- Never take your dog to see a fireworks display, even if you think they don’t suffer with anxiety. Excessive yawning, panting can also be warning signs that your dog is suffering from anxiety.
- Don’t leave your dog in the garden or tie them up
- If you have to let them into the garden ensure they are on a lead
- Keep your dog with you, don’t leave them on their own in a different room.
- Never tell your dog off for being anxious, it will make them even more stressed. It is normal for a dog to be frightened of unfamiliar sights or sounds.
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