Preparing your pets for the fireworks’ season…
A fun time for most, but some pets are afraid of fireworks, making the time around Fireworks night and New Year’s Eve a stressful one for all concerned.
So what can be done to help?
• Keeping pets in the house (early evening walks are best before the big
bangs start) with the curtains closed, music or the television on to mask the sounds will helps to reduce their awareness of the loud noises and flashing lights.
• Rabbits and guinea pigs should be covered over early evening, or where possible brought inside (the kitchen or the garage) to avoid them becoming too distressed.
• Ensure your pet has a ‘bolt hole’ their own little hidey place with their special toys and blanket where they can curl up and hide if they want to (cats and dogs). Just leave them to it and don’t try to coax them out.
• Where possible it’s best to try not to reassure your pet too much and carry on as normal as if nothing unusual is happening.
• The use of calming pheromone diffusers Adaptil for dogs and Feliway for cats) can help pets feel calmer and safer in their environment. It’s recommended that you plug these in at least 2-3 weeks prior to the lead up to the fireworks for full effect. You can buy these from your veterinary surgery.
• Noise phobia CD’s can also be used to gradually reduce sensitivity to loud sounds over a long period of time in the run up to Firework night.
• In severe cases and if you are concerned about your pet’s phobia, it’s advisable to speak to your vet well in advance so that you can be prepared. In some cases sedative medicines can be used under your vet’s guidance and recommendation.
For more information you can visit www.ceva.co.uk.
Chris Devlin BVSc MRCVS is a Vet and Partner at Hillside Veterinary Centre in Corfe Mullen. w: www.hillsidevets.co.uk.