How To Keep Your Pets Safe During Fireworks

As the weather changes in October with the the leaves falling our thoughts turn to bonfires, toffee apples and trick or treat.

Unfortunately for our pets, bonfire season can be an anxious time. Explosions from fireworks can wreak havoc on our pets super-sensitive ears which can lead to awful problems with anxiety and stress.

Fortunately we have several different options available to help with noise phobia at this time of year to help with pets and firework safety.

General Tips:

We recommend that you anticipate the noise early and begin the treatment accordingly. Many anxiolytic medications take a few days/weeks to build up to the necessary level within their bloodstream. By beginning the treatment early, we can allow for this to happen and also keep an eye out for any side effects that may occur.

On firework/bonfire night we recommend you prepare a safe place for your dog to escape to. A den under the stairs with familiar toys, treats and their favourite blanket. Closing curtains/blinds will help reduce the flashes of light and insulates to reduce the sound levels.

Choosing to turn on the radio with a calm, constant sound level can also help.

We can supply several treatments for the house, including Pet Remedy, a valerian compound, which can be sprayed into the safe spot or diffused through the whole house on a plug-in diffuser and it can work wonders in calming cats and dogs.

We can also stock and supply herbal treatments like nutracalm, which uses a naturally occurring compound, L-tryptophan to help allay fears. Again, nutracalm works best when you begin the treatment early.

Finally, we have several prescription medications that can be used up to and including bonfire/firework night. These drugs would require a health check before prescription, so please remember not to leave it too late.

We are on call 24/7 to help out when required but remember preparation is always key.