Bonfire night and the Christmas / New Years Eve period can be a stressful time for pets, so we’ve listed some useful tips to help keep your pet calm.
- Provide a den - an enclosed 'safe place' for your pet to hide. Cover the top and 3 sides of a crate, table or cupboard near the centre of the home or where they have previously hidden. Make it comfortable. You can even add a jumper or t-shirt of yours that will smell familiar to them. Let them come and go as they please.
- Stay calm yourself during the fireworks, don't react to any fireworks that go off, they will react to your reactions. Try not to worry and don't get angry with your pet or over fuss them, just reassure them gently and be as normal and routine as possible.
- Keep cats indoors, place plenty of litter trays, especially by usual exit points.
- Try and mask the sound of fireworks by putting the TV on or playing some music, especially if animals are left home alone.
- Muffle the sound of the fireworks by closing the curtains and windows.
- Burn extra energy by taking you pets on longer walks during the day.
- Avoid walking dogs at night when fireworks are being set off, try morning or noon walks.
- Make sure they have had an opportunity to go to the toilet outside well before it gets dark and then keep them inside.
- Maintain your routine, try to keep all other routines as normal as possible such as feeding times.
- Feed a high carbohydrate dinner.
- Consider preparing for next year, with advise from veterinary staff or a behaviourist.
- Consider using nutracalm - specifically formulated by vets to naturally calm anxious pets and to help reduce unwanted or unruly behaviour.
nutracalm is available exclusively from Authorised Veterinary Practices - find your local stockist here