Firework Fright! Written by Administrator on October 16th, 2013 Posted in Cat news, Dog News, Pet News, Rabbit News, Uncategorized, Vets in Desborough, Vets in Harborough District, Vets in Kibworth, Vets in Rothwell
As firework night draws nearer, its worth thinking about how to keep your pets safe and calm, as many of them are afraid of loud noises.
Keeping pets in the house during firework displays is obviously important, but being physically safe doesn’t protect them from the fear that many pets experience with the noise, flashes of light and vibrations. Don’t forget that outdoor pets such as rabbits and hens should ideally be moved indoors or have their hutches covered. Provide your pets with a “den” to hide in such as behind a sofa. Put some bedding there and try not to disturb your pet when it is in its den. On the night, try to avoid reassuring your pet excessively, as this can feed into their distress. It can help to shut the curtains, and play loud music to distract your pet. Calming pheromones can also be very helpful. These are scents that your pet can smell (but you can’t), and can help pets to feel calmer and less stressed. Adaptil for dogs and Feliway for cats are supplied as diffusers and should be plugged in 2-3 weeks before the event, preferably near your pet’s den. We can also prescribe medicines that calm or sedate pets and help to reduce anxiety. A longer term approach for noise phobia involves on-going treatment and training that aims to make pets less noise sensitive, gradually getting them used to loud noises.
As you can see, there are a number of things you can do to help your pets, so talk to us now to find out how you can be prepared!