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Keeping pets calm at firework time

Monday, October 23, 2017

Increasingly popular at celebrations, fireworks can be very traumatic for our pets. Some simple changes around the house can help reducestress for both dogs and cats. Dogs should be walked before dark so they’re home before any fireworks start, and cats should be kept in the house. Make sure identity tags and microchip details are up to date so that if pets do run off they’re able to be reunited with you. When fireworks do start try and act as normally as possible.  Keep curtains drawn to block flashes of light and play the television or radio to cover some of the noise.

Both dogs and cat may appreciate a den to hide in. A dog crate is ideal; cover with a thick blanket containing a comfy bed and one or two favourite toys.  Make sure outdoor cats are provided with a litter tray when kept inside overnight.

Can medication help?

Canine and feline pheromone products (such as Adaptil and Feliway) can help relax your pet in strange or stressful situations. They’re available as a spray (great for around a den) or a plug-in diffuser. They’re best used for a few days before fireworks start and can help to encourage your pet to relax.

Your vet can a recommend a product to help. If your pet is frightened of fireworks and you would like more advice, please contact your surgery.


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