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- Choose a quiet area within your house as well as a place your pet feels safe.
- Using a crate is a great idea for dogs, which can be covered over with blankets to reduce light and sound from the fireworks.
- For cats, a suitable den could be a cat igloo which are softer than crates or even a cardboard box.
- Place your pet’s bed or blanket in the den to provide a familiar sense of smell.
- Provide them with some of their favourite toys or comforts to make them feel safe.
- You could also provide them with a food puzzle to distract them from the noise such as a Kong for dogs or kibble puzzle for cats.
- Provide access to water
- You may wish to place an item of your clothing also for another familiar scent in their crate.
- Make sure the den is accessible at all times to your pet.
- Consider installing a pheromone diffuser close to the den area – this will need installing at least a week before.
- Shaking or trembling
- Scratching at the door to get out of room
- Hiding away
- Vocalisation – howling, barking, whining
- Excessive or abnormal attention seeking
- Loss of bodily control – urine/faeces
- Unwillingness to eat
- Hiding behind or on top of furniture
- Refusing to eat
Here are some ideas to help your pets during this time:
- Keep them indoors prior to when the fireworks are due to start.
- Keep all doors and windows securely closed.
- Make sure curtains are pulled closed to muffle the sound and block the light from the fireworks.
- Keep internal doors open so they don’t feel enclosed.
- Put the TV, radio or music on to provide background noise. It is advised to start this before the fireworks start.
- Ensure your pet has a safe place to go when they feel distressed, this may be their own bed, or create a den.
- Take your dog for a walk earlier in the day before the fireworks start and kept on the lead at all times.
- Provide your cat with a litter tray if they are used to toileting outdoors.
- Feed them their usual meal before the fireworks are due to start.
- Ensure your pet is wearing an ID tag or microchip details are up to date in such case that they do run away or manage to escape.
- Absolutely avoid any form of punishment. This will simple lead to more anxiety and even cause your pet to become aggressive.
- Comforting you animal when they are scared is a controversial area. Definitely try to be at home during any known firework events. Although you shouldn’t pet or over fuss your animal when they are worried, as this can reinforce the fearful behaviour, it may help some pets to hold them firmly and lean into them, while using long, form massaging strokes, rather than normal petting.
Pheromone treatments area available such as Adaptil for dogs and Feliway for cats. These are available as a plug-in, collar and now a tablet and may help some animals, but not all. Dietary supplements such as omega-3 supplements, zylkene and calmex again may help some dogs with mild phobias.
It is now possible to purchase a tight fighting wrap such as an Anxiety Wrap which is design to apply constant pressure to help relax muscles. Studies suggest these may help some, but not all, dogs. They are available through www.anxietywrap.com.