Pet anxiety helping your pet on bonfire night
Firework associated anxiety can be very traumatic for animals. November 5th and the weekends around it are some of the noisiest nights in the year and this can make this time of year especially difficult for animals. Therefore it is important that pet owners don’t forget about their animals. Flashes and loud noises maybe exciting for humans but it can be very frightening for pets.
Furthermore, the loud noises can cause our pets to behave unpredictably putting their safety and others at risk. As a dog, cat or rabbit owner, you should plan ahead to ensure your animals feel safe and to help avoid any incidents of them becoming aggressive, fearful or running away.
Helping to minimise pet anxiety
- Many dogs appreciate a nest to go and hide in. They will often choose to go to a quieter area such as under stairs. Making this area comfortable may be all that is needed.
- Turning up the TV or Radio to try and distract your pet from the noise.
- Always remain calm and cheerful this should send positive signals to your pet.
- If your pet is calm, reward them with a treat
- Ensure you feed your pet before you expect any fireworks and celebrations to start. Pets which are scared may also be too anxious to eat.
- Always walk dogs early before any fireworks are due to go off.
- Ensure all doors and windows are closed and pull down blinds or close curtains to try and block out the flashes of light. Ensure that cat flaps are also blocked off so your cat cannot escape.
- Keep rabbits indoors as they can also be fearful of loud noises
- Don’t ignore your pet if they come to you, they probably need reassuring that everything is ok.
- If you are taking your dog out t toilet, it is sensible to make sure they are wearing both a collar with ID tag, and are microchipped. If an incident did happen you have more chance of being reunited with them.
- Always make sure water bowls are topped up when dogs are anxious as they pant more and can drink a lot more.
What not to do on bonfire night
- Never take your dog to a firework display, even if you think your dog does not suffer from anxiety.
- Make sure your dog is indoors during fireworks, and never leave them outside or tied up.
- If you need to let your dog out in the garden ensure you keep them on a lead.
- Keep your pet in the same room as you or in their nest.
- Never tell your dog off, all this will do is make them even more stressed and anxious.
For your information, we have a range of medication and remedies which can help your pet cope better on bonfire night. Make an appointment to see one of our vets to get the right medication to help your pet.
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