Mornings are darker and the nights are drawing in as September marks the end of the summer. Kids go back to school and this year, with restrictions eased, also sees many adults returning to the workplace for the first time in 18 months. Hosting family and friends will come indoors as the weather turns, then we head towards Halloween, fireworks and party season. While life begins to return to normal for humans, our pets might start struggling with a change in routine, particularly any dogs who were acquired in lockdown. Don’t panic though as there are ways in which we can help them adjust to this new normal.
Keep Calm and Carry On
If your dog or cat seems unsettled by the change in activities, try a natural calming product such as valerian. A native European herb, the root of valerian is used as a natural sedative, encouraging sleep and relieving stress and anxiety. You can administer valerian in a variety of ways to suit your household. Pet Remedy offer a plug-in diffuser and atomiser which emit a constant stream of valerian into the atmosphere, helping to provide a calming environment in one particular room. This can be useful if your dog or cat is confined to a certain area while you are out or have guests over. Alternately, you can administer valerian on the food, in water, direct into the mouth via pipette or tablet, or via a wipe if you want to keep your pet calm during a specific event, whether that’s a party, when you go out, a night time walk, bad weather or fireworks.
Change in conditions
Don’t let the change in weather and light stop your dog walks. Some dogs, particularly sighthounds, puppies and seniors, feel the cold, so you might want to consider a jumper, coat or rain mac for your pooch as the weather turns distinctly autumnal. As the light fades on your walks, a light up collar can help your dog stay visible and safe. And autumn typically brings rain and mud, so it’s a good time to invest in a microfibre towel or glove to dry them off and a cover to protect your car seat or boot.
As the family starts leaving the house for school and work again, it can be a good idea to leave your dog with something to keep him occupied and distracted from your absence. A mentally stimulating toy such as a full treat dispenser, a loaded Lickimat, a stuffed Kong, or a long-lasting treat will start building a positive association of a treat as you leave. Alternately many dogs are comforted by the sound of a radio or the images on TV, so you could leave some audio and visual stimulation to keep your dog happy while you’re gone.
Thunder and Fireworks
As autumn gives way to winter, storms are likely to build and there will be the inevitable firework displays. Many dogs and cats are scared of the unpredictable loud noises of thunderstorms and fireworks, but Vince The Vet’s Thunder and Fireworks remedy is a homeopathic formula designed to relieve this stress. You can even use it in conjunction with the Fears & Anxieties remedy.
So, as you are getting the kids ready for school and preparing to return to the office, take a moment to get your dog ready for the change in circumstance and season.