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Help your pet to be "Happy" this Bonfire night

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Firework Season Is  Upon Us - How do we keep our pets "Happy"?

Fireworks can be exciting and fun to watch but for many pets, they can be extremly scary! 

During the period around Bonfire Night and New Year and other celebrations, there is much you can do to help your frightened friend.

Plan ahead and do talk to us at the practice if you feel you need more help.

There is also much information online, for example from the RSPCA website

Watch their video Advice on Pets & Fireworks

Follow our 10 simple steps to keeping your pet happy during the firework season

1). Provide a den or hiding place for your pet whilst fireworks are going off. Pad out this area with duvets and cushions to help absorb some of the noise and light.

2). Use Adaptil or Feliway Diffuser as close to the den or hiding place as possible, or where your pet spends most of it's time.

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3). Use natural products like Zylkene or Calmex to help support your pet through difficult times.

4). Walk your dog early in the morning and evening before fireworks start.

5). Ensure windows, doors and cat flaps remain closed during firework season to prevent escaping and to reduce noise.

6). Provide enough litter trays for your cat during firework season especially if you're keeping them inside.

7). Draw the curtains and leave a TV or radio on. This will help mask the flashing lights and noise.

8). Do not punish your pet! This will only make your pet more distressed.

9). Try not to leave your pets alone when fireworks are going off.

10). Ignore fearful behaviour, dogs may pick up on their owners' anxiety making the problem worse.

Long term options:

In the long term, we can help our pets learn to be less afraid of loud noises. Take a look at The Dogs Trust site to find information on behavioural therapy. Sound Therapy 4 Pets is a therapy pack available to teach your dogs to be less scared of loud noises.

Seek advice from our vets if your pet is particularly effected by fireworks. The use of prescription medication may be indicated in some cases.

Telephone 01254 53622 for more advice.

5th November 2021, 21:07
Page updated 5th Nov 2021, 22:12
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