Bonfire night is almost upon us again and for some of our four-legged friends this can be a very stressful time. If your pets get upset by the fireworks here are a few tips that may help:
Above all, try not to get tense as most pets will pick up on your emotions and sense that something is wrong even before the fireworks begin. Try to keep things as normal as possible for them. If you know they are going to stress, shut the curtains early and put the tv or radio on to muffle the sound from outside. Have a nice relaxing evening in. Stay calm.
If they stress badly give them somewhere safe to hide like under a bed or table, or in a cage if they have one. Maybe cover it with a blanket – not to smother but to dull the sounds. Leave them quietly in their safe place. They’ll come out when they feel better.
If you know that your pet is going to get sick with worry, consider reducing their food earlier in the day to avoid an upset tummy.
AVOID WALKS and if you really have to go out don’t let them off the lead. Every year dogs get lost and injured by running away in a blind panic when fireworks go off.
If you still think they will have a difficult time there are products available such as plug-in diffusers containing natural essential oils. Start using these 2 – 3 days prior to bonfire night to take the edge off the stress. Most of the pet remedies available these days are completely natural but in severe cases a vet can recommend treatment if necessary.
Have a happy, safe and relaxed bonfire night.
Cornhill Pets & Country Crafts is on Threadneedle St, Stroud. Call 01453 757322 or pop in and chat to us if you would like any help and advice on pet care.