Calming tips for Fireworks
Fireworks can mean traumatic evenings for dogs and their owners, filled with sudden loud noises, startling bangs and frightening flashes. Across the year, on nights such as Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve, many of us might be looking forward a night of festivities, but we also know that our four-legged friends won’t share the excitement. Our resident vet – Rodney Zasman – has shared his top tips on how to keep dogs happy when fireworks are being let off nearby.
"Build a warm and cosy space filled with your pet’s favourite toys, chews and snacks"
CREATE A DEN
Build a warm and cosy space filled with your pet’s favourite toys, chews and treats so that they have somewhere to hide whilst the fireworks fly outside. Our Bedtime Biscuits contain chamomile, known for its calming properties, to help soothe for bedtime. And if your dog is especially nervous, plug a pheromone diffuser into the same room that will help calm the nerves.
BREAK THE ROUTINE
While we would usually recommend keeping to a regular schedule, if you know the evening will be disrupted by fireworks, make sure cats and dogs are fed early and take pups out for a walk while it's still bright and before the bangs begin!
Although it might be an obvious tip, make sure to keep all doors and windows closed so that pets are kept safely inside! Close the curtains, turn on the lights and play your pet’s favourite music to drown out the noise as best you can.
"If your pet hasn’t been microchipped, now is the time to organise it"
Personalise your pet’s collar
This is a great chance to jazz up your pet's collar and get them a shiny new ID tag, engraved with your contact details. And if your pet hasn’t been microchipped, now is the time to organise it so that you know where your pet is if they get spooked and run off.
Introduce them to the big bangs
While owners might find the crackle and pop of fireworks exciting, they can be a bit scary for pets who don’t know what they are! Show your pet some firework recordings so that they know there’s nothing to be worried about.
Like they always say, pets are like their owners; so if you stay relaxed your pet will too. Play with your pet if they come to you for cuddles, but they might want to stay in the safety of their little hideaway you have created! Never tell them off if they’re whining, barking or meowing as this may increase their stress.
Take a chill pill (for extreme measures only!)
There are some dogs and cats that still exhibit extreme anxiety despite all you do, and as a last resort your vet will be able to prescribe the most suitable medication for your pet.
A delicious biscuit to give to your dog before bed to help with a blissful night’s sleep. We’ve added chamomile, known for its calming properties, to help soothe for bedtime.Shop now