How to prepare your pet for fireworks night.
September 14, 2020
Preparing your pet for fireworks night should start well before the celebrations begin. Loud bangs and bright flashes will feel very scary to most cats, dogs, rabbits, and small furries.
Our head vet Patrick von Heimendahl has put together some advice on how to minimise autumn noise fears in pets. The earlier you start, the more your pet will benefit.
Calming Products & Medication
Ask us about pet calming products such as plug-in diffusers, sprays, and collars. They mimic the appeasement pheromones of pets, to encourage feelings of calm and contentment. With most products, you need to start using them a few weeks in advance of the event for the best results.
If you know your pet will be absolutely terrified of fireworks, perhaps they tremble uncontrollably, continuously bark or excessively drool, then we may be able to prescribe some calming medication.
We have plenty of experience in dealing with noise phobias and finding the most suitable approach or product to help your pet/s. Here are a few thoughts:
Ideally, you will have started practising noise desensitisation techniques with your puppy during their key socialisation phase of 8-14 weeks of age, but if not, you should start as soon as possible.
For help with this, you can download ‘Scary Sounds’, which is a Sound Training Therapy Program by Sarah Health.
Prepare for Fireworks Night
Getting some dogs, cats or small furry pets used to the sights & sounds of fireworks may just be a challenge too far for them. That’s why Patrick and the team have created a tick list of things you can do on the run-up to fireworks night, and even on the day to help your pet get through it.