Fireworks and dogs

Fireworks, Sky, Party, New Year'S Eve

As all of us pet owners know our animals can be a little startled during firework displays. It’s almost November, approaching bonfire night on the 5th, causing some real strain among our beloved dogs, cats and younger buddies. As their guardians, it is our responsibility to try and limit their anxiety and keep them as calm as you can.
Spotting some early indications of stress in your beloved friend is the first step in keeping their distress to a minimum. Look out for excessive barking or meowing, pacing the house and panting or sweating, loss of appetite, quaking or trembling, fouling at the home or hiding behind furniture. Knowing these signs can allow you to identify their strain and do something to help them during this time.
Things you can do to prepare your cats and dogs for the fireworks and during the display include:
There was a 40 percent increase in the number phone calls about missing pets on Bonfire night this past year, so make sure you ensure your pet is micro-chipped!
Make a space especially for them to hide in if they want to, with cushions, blankets and comforting smells, from their toys or something of the owners. This will assist them to manage with their anxiety; your pet should be able to get this distance for a few weeks leading up to firework night, so they’re comfortable with their surroundings.
A calming scent is a great way to keep your pets relaxed during the loud noises, so a terrific product is the Feliway Diffuser for cats, which can be bought from us.
Attempt to walk your dog during the day, so in the evening the house can be maintained safe, keeping windows and doors, cat flaps and drapes closed, preventing your pet from getting excruciating suddenly and running away out of fear.
Low Repetitive sounds, such as music can be soothing for pets, and can help to block out some of the loud bangs.
Buy a Thundershirt for cats and dogs. It’s a terrific accessory to calm down your panicking pets! Its gentle, yet continuous pressure it dramatically soothes your company, with over 80 percent of dogs in a 2000 customer survey agreeing with improvement, it proves successful.
And for smaller animals:
Bringing hutches inside the house or moving them away from any loud or intense activities is very important. Placing their hutch at a smaller and darker place may also help. Or, partly covering it with a blanket, to block out some noise from explosions and sparks from neighboring fireworks.
Providing something for your little animal to gnaw on may also help to reduce tension and anxiety, a range of items are available to divert their attention away from loud noises and bright lights, from Excel’s Nature snacks to Tasty sticks!
It is very important that rabbits and guinea pigs also have a place to hide, like the Happy Pet Willow Tube or additional bedding, so they could dig their own security burrow.

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