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It’s the time of year where many of us look forward to Bonfire Night and the accompanying firework displays but sadly many pets become stressed and fearful in the run up to and during fireworks night.
Approximately 80% of pets are frightened of fireworks so you’re not on your own with trying to find what works to keep them calm and stress-free so here are some Do’s and Don’ts you can try before and when the swooshes and the bangs!
In the run up to Bonfire Night…
1.Walk your dogs when it is still light outside, if you can’t manage this then ask your local dog walker to do this for you. This reduces the possibility of fireworks being set off and your dog becoming worried.
2.Download Firework noises from You Tube or buy loud noise music and play it for short bursts daily, gradually increasing the volume associating it with rewards and positive experiences helps teach dogs that loud noises need not be scary at all.
On the night…
3.Provide a bed in a place where your pet can feel safe and train your dog to associate this area with positive experiences e.g. treats and toys
4.Increase your pet’s feeling of calm by dabbing their paws with a couple of drops of lavender oil and feeding them chamomile treats (made from soaking their treats in chamomile tea)
5.Help them to feel secure by plugging in pheromone diffusers (available from your local vets) as close to their bed as possible, start using the diffuser at least a few days before fireworks are expected.
6.Make sure all windows, doors and cat flaps are securely closed during fireworks night. This will reduce the chances of your pets escaping.
7.Provide extra litter trays for cats in case they are not used to being confined to the house.
8.Provide distractions such as new toys or chews. Draw curtains and switch on the TV to mask the noise from the fireworks
9.Invite a neighbour’s dog over that’s not frightened, it will have a positive effect on the scared dog
Don’t leave your pets home alone while fireworks are going off, pets will be more relaxed when they have a familiar person with them during this time.
Don’t make a fuss of them if they are showing signs of fear, panting, pacing quivering etc, leave them alone and ignore their behaviour
DO NOT punish your pet! This will only make your pet more distressed.
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Travelling with your pet
Are your vaccines up to date?Do you have the papers packed and to hand?
Are your pets wearing a sturdy collar with home address and telephone number on a tag,it’s the law for a dog here in the UK!Have you advised your micro-chip database?
Have you packed all of your pets creature comforts like – bedding,toys,brush and dishes and their food?
Do you need a seatbelt or do you have a pet carrier or cage that fits in your car?Your pet must be secure in the car by either using a harness or carrier.
If your pet is anything like my Juno, they may get motion sickness. So ensure they don’t eat too soon before the journey and check you have packed some water for the breaks?
Does your dog like to put their head out of the window?Do you have a guard that stops them hanging their head out?Dogs can be injured when debris or insects fly into their eyes,nostrils or windpipe.So keep the dog inside if no guard and turn up the air-con to prevent overheating
Is it a long journey? Plan your breaks somewhere where you can let your dog have a stretch,some water and go to the loo regularly
Keep all chewable hazardous stuff out of reach from you pets – even small amounts can kill.
Some of our pets get sunburn just like we do if we’re fair-skinned, so if you have a white haired dog or cats then you need to take extra care on these sunny days. The particularly sensitive parts are their tummies, ear tips and noses so it is important you keep them either in doors on really sunny days or keep their sensitive bits covered using sun cream if they have to go outside. For advice on what to use, contact your vets.
It’s Summer, scorchio!
On a warm day, a simple walk can be extremely stressful if your pet is not able to cool down.
Keep your pet cool by:
1. Carrying cool water
2. Occasionally spray with cool water from a spray bottle.
3. Avoid open areas in the blazing sun
Keep in mind that if YOU are feeling overheated, your furry friend is probably feeling hotter!
Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy panting, unsteadiness, vomiting, glazed eyes, or a tongue that has change in colour to deep red or purple.
If your pet is suffering, apply cool (not cold) water to its entire body, not its head and give them small amounts of cool water to drink or ice cubes to lick, in addition to applying ice packs or cold towels to its head, neck, and chest and take to your vet immediately!
The 5 Freedoms
Anyone responsible for looking after animals should try to give them the 5 Freedoms. They are considered aspirational as they can not always be given at all times e.g. an animal may need to feel hungry before it will eat, however animal owners should always aim to provide them. If you’re unsure of what they are, please click here
One of the first and most basic pet care tips is important for the care of your pet’s diet. There are hundreds of different brands, flavours and types for your pet to eat. So this can be a difficult choice, so be prepared to read the labels and ask questions at the pet shop!