Whilst Bonfire Night or New Year’s Eve might be a fun-filled day for you, for a nervous pet these are the two days of the year they dread the most.
Follow our top tips to make fireworks celebrations less frightening for your pet:
Before a Firework Event
Create a refuge for your pet - your dog or cat must have somewhere to hide if they want to and have access to this place at all times.
Make sure your pet is microchipped in case they escape.
Try using a Calming Pet Spray or a diffuser. The Pet Remedy Calming Pet Diffuser is ideal for pets including dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, rodents and birds. It disperses natural oils to help calm the nerves of anxious or stressed pets. HomeoPet Fireworks drops are a great alternative; they can be given to cats, dogs, rabbits and even hamsters to provide some relief from anxiety or restlessness caused by fireworks noise.
It might be a good idea to try to desensitise your pet by creating a manageable level of exposure. Turn on a video that has loud sounds and adjust the volume to a level that they notice but doesn’t cause them to panic.
Just For Dogs
Your dog may already have a favourite room but if not then choose a room that is naturally quiet, located towards the centre of the house and with as few windows as possible. Fill it with their favourite toys and blankets so they’re comforted by their scent. Train your dog to associate the area with positive experiences e.g. by giving them treats and praising them.
Just For Cats
Cats like to go high up or hide behind something. It might be a good idea to invest in a Large Cat Tree for your feline to feel safer when up high or a Cave Cat Bed they can hide in and nap away.
On The Day
Walk your dog during daylight hours and keep your cats and dogs indoors later on when the fireworks are likely to be set off. A long walk might help sleep your dog better.
When night time comes, give your pooch some dog treats, like Forthglade Calming Dog Treats with Chicken, Camomile and Lemon Balm.
Cats can benefit from Beaphar Calming Cat Treats, which contain valerian, hop flowers and Melissa. These natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals promote relaxation and restore calm during stressful situations.
Close windows and curtains and put on music to mask and muffle the sound of fireworks.
Don’t forget the small animals. If your pets live outside, partly cover cages, pens and aviaries with blankets so that one area is well sound-proofed but make sure they are still able to look out. Help them calm down with HomeoPet Fireworks drops.
We hope these tips will help your pet cope better with fireworks. Share this article with the other pet lovers to help them out.