'Remember Remember your DOG this November' - Avoiding Firework Fear!
Many dogs and cats find fireworks scary. There are lots of simple things you can do to help your pet deal with fireworks. Here's our top tips to make fireworks night a lot less stressful for both you and your pet!
Whilst fireworks used to be a very predictable occurrence (Bonfire night and New Years Eve), more and more people are choosing to let off fireworks at home for more occasions, making it difficult to predict when the whooshs and bangs will be filling the sky. So what can we do to help our pets be less traumatised by these noises?
Below is our actions listed in a timeline to help you in the run up to firework season:
1) One month to Firework season
Consider starting firework desensitisation programmes. Gently introduce the sound of fireworks to your pet to help them realise that they have nothing to fear. You can do this by playing You Tube videos of firework displays on a computer or TV.
If your dog has a severe phobia, consider giving them a Scullcap & Valerian tablet on a daily basis from this point.
2) Two Weeks to go
Creating a safe, snug area for your pet to retreat to if they feel anxious helps them if they feel things are getting a bit too much to handle. A pet crate covered with a heavy blanket will help block some of the noise.
For dogs with a moderate phobia, consider giving a Scullcap and Valerian tablet, split between AM & PM.
3) 1 to 3 days to go
Make sure that your pet’s microchip details are up to date and they are wearing a collar with an ID tag, so that if they escape, they can be quickly and safely returned to you.
If necessary, double the dose of Scullcap and Valerian Tablets, or start giving now; it's never too late.
4) During Fireworks
Walk your dog during the day and avoid being out at dusk.
TVs and radios can help provide some background noise and mask the bangs that are outside.
Act normal. Your pet looks to you for cues as to whether they need to be worried so stay with your pet to reassure them with your presence.
Close windows and curtains to muffle the sound of fireworks.
How do Scullcap & Valerian Tablets work?
The active herbs in Scullcap & Valerian Tablets and Valerian Compound work to naturally support the calming pathways within the nervous system, reducing anxiety and relaxing pets without immobilising muscles or causing drowsiness.
They don’t make pets dopey or wobbly – in fact they are widely used for agility and show dogs when they need to be alert and focused, but calm.