Remember Remember the 5th of November

It is that time of year again when fireworks will be going off and many pets will become very stressed.

Noise phobias can be a particular problem at this time of year with both the sound of gunshots in the countryside and the sounds associated with fireworks.

Management of this problem can be difficult but there are various options to choose from. One of the most successful methods can be the use of sound desensitisation CDs which, together with appropriate training and reassurance, can help your pet become accustomed to these unpleasant noises.

Other options include natural calming and relaxing preparations to help reduce anxiety which are available in the form of collars, sprays, diffusers and tablets. For very distressed animals vets may also consider the use of diazepam.

The most important thing is to plan ahead before these noises start.

Here’s our guide of what to do when firework season approaches

Two weeks before a firework event

1. Plug an Adaptil or Feliway diffuser into the room that your dog or cat uses to rest and relax

2. Leave the plug switched on continuously

On the day of the event

1. Ensure your pet is kept in a safe and secure environment at all times

2. Provide a secure refuge or den for your pet so they can hide away if they wish

3. Keep windows and curtains closed reduce noise and flashes

4. Ignore the noises yourself. Try to engage dogs in some form of active game

5. Use music or television to block out the sound of the fireworks

6. Walk dogs early on the night of firework events then keep them inside after dark

7. Don’t punish your pet if they are scared; this only confirms there is something to be afraid of

8. Don’t fuss or try to reassure your pet when they are scared; this rewards the behaviour

9. Ignore any fearful behaviour that occurs for no good reason

After the event

1. Leave the Adaptil or Feliway diffuser plugged in for one week

2. It is likely that there will be several firework events over the same period, so leave the Adaptil or Feliway diffuser plugged in.

By |October 30th, 2014|News and Advice|