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Getting ready for fireworks season

By October 3, 2023 Greenbay Vet News

There are some fireworks displays planned locally for the weekend of 4th/5th November. Fireworks can be stressful for your pet. Many dogs and cats are affected by the loud bangs. Dogs may run, hide, tremble, pace, pant, refuse to eat or even try to escape to help themselves cope.  Cats may also run away, hide and refuse to eat.

Things you can do to be prepared:

  • Build your dog a den – if your dog already has a safe place they run to when they are anxious, then build the den there. Otherwise build it in a snug area and cover it with blankets and bedding. If you have a cat, give them plenty of elevated hiding places.
  • Try to walk your dog when it is still light as fireworks tend to begin as soon as the sun goes down.
  • Use an ADAPTIL diffuser for dogs or FELIWAY diffuser for cats – plug this in 2 weeks before you expect the fireworks – this will help create a calm atmosphere before the fireworks begin. Keep these plugged in until after New Year, as fireworks often continue over the festive season.

On the night:

  • Close all windows, doors and curtains.
  • Lock your cat flap – this will ensure your cat isn’t able to run away if they become scared.
  • Distract them – give your pet a chew, a toy or play a game with them.
  • Turn on the TV or play music to muffle the sound of the fireworks.
  • Use of calming nutraceuticals can help some pets e.g. Adaptil chews for dogs and Calmex for cats – speak to our team for more information.

For pets who really struggle, the vet may be able to prescribe anti-anxiety medication to help. To book an appointment with a vet give us a call, or book online.

Longer term, and for puppy training, sound desensitisation can be really beneficial – read more in our article.  Registered Veterinary Nurse Laura Holderness runs behavioural first aid clinics and can advise more about long term behavioural modification to help in future.

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