Keep Your Pets Safe and Calm During Fireworks Night
It’s that time of year again! Bonfire Night is only just over a week away.
While there are fewer celebrations again this year due to COVID-19, we’re sure there will still be plenty of fireworks around.
Here are our tips for keeping pets safe and calm:
- Close and secure all windows and doors, pets are prone to escape when stressed. Microchipping pets is absolutely recommended!
- Close curtains and turn the TV on to provide some background noise.
- Move smaller animals like rabbits, guinea pigs or rodents into a quiet room or unused shed or garage.
- Walk dogs early (before dusk) and keep cats in for the night.
- Distract stressed pets with a favourite treat or a new toy.
- Try not to leave pets alone. Keep calm, act natural and try not to react to the loud noises yourself.
- Plug a pheromone diffuser like Adaptil, Feliway or Pet Remedy in before and during November to reduce stress.
- Consider a thunder-shirt – a tight t-shirt that can make pets feel safe and comfortable during stressful times.
- Feed pets early, they may be too stressed to eat later on.
- Keep water bowls filled, stressed animals tend to drink more.
- Be aware stressed pets left alone are likely to chew furniture and have toilet accidents. As frustrating as this may be, try not to get angry with them – their anxiety means they can’t help themselves and further negative reinforcement could worsen the symptoms.
If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact us on 01435 864422 as we have a number of ways we can help your pet during this stressful time!
Heathfield Vets – Quality Care With A Friendly Face