The fireworks have begun! This can be a very stressful time for pets and their owners alike. Our advice is:
> Prepare early – build a den
> If you are close to firework hot spots, see if you and/or your pet can stay with friends/family away from town during the worse nights
>Take dogs out early evening so they don’t have to go outside during the scary sounds, keep cats indoors so lock cat flaps and windows
>Cover windows and play loud music with a heavy base (good for drowni…ng out bangs)
> Try not to panda, reassure but try to act normally and don’t try to go into where your dog is hiding to bring them out, just let them hide if that is what they want
> Never discipline a frightened pet, even if they are barking. It will make them feel worse, try to distract them
> Make sure your pets microchip details are up to date in case they run away. If you dont know of they are contact the microchip company, we can advise also
> Make sure they have a tag on their collar for the same reason and if possible put something reflective on them
> We are the dogs stray centre for TDC if you find a stray dog in the torrage area out of hours or your dog runs away, please call us
> Explore some of the natural calming supplements, some can really help.
> If you have a puppy or kitten try to get them used to fireworks bonfire hand with scary sound CDs and if they start to react to the noises try to distract with games and pay no attention to fireworks
Please follow this link for some useful hints and tips to help reduce anxiety this week, this is from the company that make zylkene, one of the calming products we offer.
Please pop into your local branch to see which supplement may be best for your pet.