At this time of year when fireworks are let off sporadically, stress and anxiety becomes common amongst dogs and cats. This can continue through to the New Year and can be an agonising time for pets, as well as their owners.
There are, however many things that can be done to help keep your pets calm, which include:
- Provide a den - an enclosed 'safe place' for your pet to hide. Cover the top and all 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.
- During the fireworks, stay-calm yourself and don't react to any fireworks that go off as 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 your pets on longer walks during the day.
- Avoid walking dogs at night when fireworks are being set off, try morning or afternoon 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 and 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.
Ask your vet for more information on how nutracalm can help your pet. Click here to see more about nutracalm.