Given the current Covid-19 restrictions on public gatherings it is likely that the big organised firework displays will be cancelled. However that will probably encourage people to hold a smaller event in the garden, which may mean the loud bangs are closer to home and over a prolonged period. Many pet owners dread this time of year, but we’re here to help you prepare for the upcoming disruption.
Firework Preparation Pack
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Vince the Vet Fears and Anxieties This unique blend of carefully selected botanical extracts not only helps soothe and calm an anxious dog, but it also improves the ability to learn new behaviour and gain confidence during a stressful situation.
As the benefits are cumulative, it is best to start using this natural remedy 2-3 weeks in advance of known stressors, such as fireworks. This will help your dog become more relaxed overall and be more receptive to positive rewards associated with previously stressful scenarios.
Vince The Vet Thunder and and Fireworks is a natural remedy which specifically targets stress and anxiety caused by loud noises. You should swap using Fears and Anxieties for Thunder and Fireworks a few days before displays are likely to start taking place.
Both remedies are easy to administer 3 times a day by simply dabbing a few drops on the outside of the lips, on a treat or in the drinking water. You can also sprinkle one or both products on the bedding or in the area where your pet likes to hide in times of stress.
Surviving Fireworks Top Tips
- Make sure your dog and cat are microchipped and wear an identity tag, so that if they do escape in fear, you can be easily reunited with them.
- Walk your dog before the bangs begin so that he is tired and more likely to ignore the disturbance. Play some mental games at dusk so that he is really exhausted before the noise starts.
- Make sure that dogs have been out for a toilet break before bringing them in for the night. It is advisable to do this on a lead just in case a display starts early – this is not the time to find out your dog can clear a six foot fence.
- Provide your dog with a bone, tendon or chew toy, as the chewing action helps to release endorphins and help keep your hound calm.
- Keep windows, doors and cat flaps closed, draw the curtains to block out the flashes, and turn on a radio or TV to disguise the noise.
- Provide a litter tray for cats during firework season, even if they don’t normally have one, so that they can eliminate if necessary without having to go outside.
- Consider asking a friend, neighbour or pet-sitter to take your place at home if you are going out to a large display yourself.
- Make sure all pets have access to fresh water as the fight-or-flight syndrome of anxiety will make them pant more and be thirsty.
- If you are lighting your own bonfire, check underneath for any hedgehogs before you start, and keep it away from hedgerows and other pets.
- Make sure you check your back garden thoroughly the next day, to pick up any errant sparklers or firecrackers, before letting your pets back outside.