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Suggestions to help pets during firework season

 

The Autumn and winter months bring a time of explosive celebrations that can cause terror for dogs, cats and rabbits and now is the time that pet owners could be thinking about taking steps to prepare and protect their pet from the fear of fireworks.

There are several things that can be done to make it as stress free as possible.                                                                                        

  • Most dogs and cats have a favourite place to go and hide, if not you need to create a hideaway where they can feel safe. A room that is quiet and has minimal windows is the most suitable.
  • Installing an Adaptil™ or Feliway ™ diffuser close to the refuge area may encourage them to settle, feel relaxed and confident. This should be done 2 - 4 weeks prior to the expected stress.
  • Provide blankets for him to hide under and burrow. A woolly jumper that has your scent on can be comforting.
  • Close the curtains to block out flashes of light and as much of the sound as possible.
  • Take your dog out for a walk an hour before the expected stress to go to the toilet and feed him an early evening meal to help him feel relaxed.  A meal high in carbohydrates such as pasta or rice is ideal.
  • Play some background music that your dog normally hears (and doesn’t object to!), or leave the television on.
  • Offer chews and treats to your dog in his hiding place. He will then see this hiding place as a good place to go, and he can chew on these to relieve his tension.
  • Ignore the sounds of the fireworks yourself and do not soothe or comfort your dog. It may be difficult to do this but it is the worst thing to do. It gives your dog the impression that there is something to be frightened of and rewards him for being scared.
  • Cats need to be confined to the house and provided with a litter tray.
  • If your pet gets particularly distressed we recommend you talk to your vet about short acting medication. Old-fashioned sedatives have been replaced with modern anti anxiety drugs which help treat the problem, rather than just mask it.
  • Small mammals like rabbits and guinea pigs that live outside should not be forgotten. If possible move them into a shed or outhouse. Covering the front of the hutch with a blanket can help cut out some of the noise and flashes of light.         

 

If you require any more information about helping your pet, then just call and speak to either a Vet or Veterinary Nurse who will be happy to help.

Ring us for advice about caring for your pets this bonfire season!

Cullompton 01884 35558

Tiverton 01884 258585

Honiton    01404 44095

Uffculme 01884 841317

www.valeveterinarygroup.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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