…falls on a Monday this year. Owners of anxious pets may be dismayed, knowing that it could mean fireworks displays all weekend.
Some tips for getting through fireworks night safely:
- Prepare early. You can desensitise anxious animals by playing a recording of fireworks, starting at extremely low volumes. Gradually the volume is increased until the pet no longer reacts even at full volume. This process needs to start weeks to months in advance.
- Keep pets inside, and noise outside! Ensure cats are home early and kept inside. Let anxious dogs out to toilet early in the evening, before displays start. Curtains can help muffle noise and bright flashes, and playing the TV or radio at a high volume can cover some of the noise.
- Create a safe place for anxious pets. Cats may want to hide somewhere high, like the top of a wardrobe. Dogs appreciate a familiar crate, covered with a cozy blanket. Or they may come to you to seek reassurance. You CAN comfort frightened pets, doing so will not reinforce their fear.
- There are a variety of non-prescription herbal supplements and dog and cat appeasing pheromones that can be used to help calm anxious pets. Dogs may also be comforted by a Thundershirt, designed to trigger endorphin release. Our trained staff can provide advice.
- Speak to your vet about whether anti-anxiety medication may be helpful if your pet is severely affected. These medications are prescription only; your vet will need to examine your pet to decide the best option.