Firework advice – What products are available to help…..
Lots of pets hate fireworks and may react in different ways, some hide, whimper, bark, salivate, shake or howl. There are many ways to help this stressful time for everyone.
Sound desensitisation is a great way to treat the firework fear and is best done at least 2 months before bonfire night. There are many different types of sounds that dogs are frightened of: fireworks, gunshots, helicopters etc and a good sound desensitisation will cover a variety of noises.
There are many over the counter natural/herbal remedies available to help with your dogs anxiety.
2-4 weeks before the event:
Dorwest Herbs Skullcap and Valerian Tablets help by reducing anxiety by calming and relaxing your dog naturally with virtually no side effects. The best time to give these tablets is one month for very nervous dogs and 10 days for less affected dogs, but these tablets can be given on bonfire night at a double dose
Pet Remedy Diffuser and Spray The unique Pet Remedy blend of essential oils and extract helps calm the nerves of anxious or stressed pets. It works by enhancing the production of GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid), a natural chemical produced by the brain, transmitted from nerve to nerve as a calming message when the body is stressed.
Adaptil and Feliway are a synthetic copy of a natural appeasing pheromone which will help to comfort your pet in stressful situations. Adaptil/Feliway should be used 2 weeks before bonfire night and comes in a spray form that lasts for 2 hours, a diffuser that lasts 4 weeks, and an Adaptil collar for dogs that also lasts 4 weeks.
On the night itself:
Dorwest Herbs Organic Valerian Compound works in the same way as the skullcap and valerian tablets but this liquid works in 30mins so it’s great for a boost before the fireworks.
Calmex contains a unique blend of amino acids, Piper Methysticum and complex B-vitimans that aid relaxation in dogs experiencing anxiety or nervousness in stressful conditions. Calmex comes in capsule form for dogs and should be fed 30-60 minutes before the stressful situation starts. The capsules can be given whole or opened and sprinkled on food.
Nutracalm contains a specially formulated mix of L-Tryptophan,GABA, L-Theanine, Passiflora Incarnata, B Vitamins to naturally calm anxious pets and to help reduce unwanted or unruly behaviour. Nutracalm should be given 1-2 hours before desired effect to dogs or cats. The capsules can be given whole or opened and sprinkled on food.
There are also prescription medications available but you would have to see the veterinary surgeon first.
On the night itself…
- Take your dog on a long walk before it gets dark – this will tire them out and hopefully settle them down for a peaceful evening.
- Feed your dog some whole meal pasta and chicken as a meal high in carbohydrates will help to settle anxiety and calm your dog down for the evening.
- Make a den for your dog to hide in and feel safe.
- Shut curtains/blinds and keep windows, cat flaps and doors shut.
- Give your pets some new toys or chews when the fireworks are going off to distract them.
- Do not punish your pet – it will only make them more stressed.
- Try to ignore your pet if they react to the fireworks, unless they seek reassurance.
- If your cat hides on top of cupboards or under furniture, leave him alone and do not try to coax him out. This ‘bolthole’ is where he will feel most secure. It is important that your pet can access his favourite bolthole at all times.
- Make sure your pet is microchipped. If he does escape, frightened and confused animals can easily get lost.
- Bring your rabbit or guinea pig inside your home.
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