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• Try to walk your dog before dusk so they will be

relaxed and have been to the toilet before the

fireworks start.

• Allow cats to hide away, they may choose spots

high up on furniture or want to hide under the

bed. Don’t try to get them out of these spaces as

they have chosen them because they feel safe.

• Feeding your pets in the late afternoon may

also make them feel more relaxed.

• Make sure your cats are in before the fireworks

start and leave them indoors overnight,

remembering to provide extra litter trays during

this period.

• Do not leave your dog alone and make sure

they are indoors when the fireworks start.

• Create a safe place or den away from

windows and keep the curtains closed. Your

dog must be able to access the den at all

times. Cover the sides with a blanket or

a thick duvet to muffle the noise of the

fireworks. Put treats in the den so they

associate it with a positive experience.

• For dogs, plug in an Adaptil diffuser, at least

two weeks before the firework period. This will

release a dog appeasing pheromone that will

help calm your dog. For cats plug in a Feliway

diffuser that will give off appeasing pheromones

for cats that will help them feel more secure.

• Try to follow a normal routine and do not

act differently.

• Avoid soothing your pets as this will give

them a sense that there is something to

be worried about and may inadvertently

reinforce their anxious behaviour. Do not

punish fearful behaviour.

• Try playing moderately loud music to mask

the noise.

• Supplements such as Zylkene, which can be

prescribed by your vet, may help reduce anxiety.

• Long term desensitisation using a CD with

firework sounds may help, it needs to be

started a month or two in advance. Initially

the CD is played at a low volume and

gradually the volume is increased.

It’s that time of year again! For those of you with dogs and cats with

firework phobia, the season can appear endless. Some dogs may tremble and

pant, others will bark. They may also want to hide in small spaces. Cats are

also likely to want to hide away. It is a stressful time of year for our pets.

Firework advice for pets...

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