Fireworks season is around the corner. This can be fun for humans, but more than 40% of pets in UK have a degree of phobia of fireworks!
There are a lot of simple steps we can take to prevent anxiety and help our pets. But you have to think ahead and prepare for firework nights. Please do not hesitate to ask our staff for advice and here are a few useful tips:
Tips to help your dog:
1. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day.
2. Keep your dogs inside during fireworks, preferably with human companionship. Bringing your dogs to a fireworks display is never a good idea.
3. Provide a safe place inside for your dogs to retreat. When scared of sounds they can’t orient, dogs often prefer small enclosed areas. If your dog is comfortable in a crate, that is a good option.
4. If possible, keep the windows and curtains closed. Covering the crate or lowering the blinds can also be helpful. Removing visual stimulation can also help calm dogs.
5. Make sure all your dogs are micro-chipped and chips registered to your current address and phone number.
6. Leave your dog something fun to do – like a frozen Kong filled with his favourite treats.
7. Put on soft music in the background (classical music is a good idea)
8. Using supplements like Zylkine, Calm food and Adaptil can be very useful if used in appropriately and together with other modifications
Tips to help your cat:
1. Provide hiding places in your home
2. Cats can become more stressed if they’re outside during fireworks
3. Microchip your cats in case they’re startled and escape outside
4. Using supplements like Zylkine, Calm food and Feliway can be very useful if used in appropriately and together with other modifications
Tips to help your rabbits and guinea pigs
1. Partly cover outside cages and pens with blankets so an area is soundproofed and hidden, but allow another area for the animals to look out
2. Provide bedding small animals can burrow in
3. Consider bringing them indoors – this will need to be done gradually so plan ahead