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Guy Fawkes

October 26, 2021

There are many ways we can help our worried/scared pets to cope with the sounds and lights of fireworks.

Some pets can manage with just a few changes around the house:

  • Try not to leave your pet alone and provide them with a den or hiding place where they can feel safe.
  • Ensure you walk and toilet your pet during the day rather than evening.
  • Make sure all windows, doors and cat flaps are closed to reduce the chance of escape during fireworks displays.
  • Attempt to distract your dog with training tasks, new toys, play or food treats/chews. If petting calms your dog then that is okay. Do not punish your pet.
  • Draw the curtains and switch on the TV to mask the noise of fireworks.
  • For some dogs, the use of a “thundershirt” may be of benefit. Enquire in our clinic for a brochure or to purchase a shirt for your pet.
  • ID – make sure your dog or cat has a collar with up to date contact details.

Some pets may require medications to help calm them. We have a variety of calming treatments which can be prescribed after a discussion with a nurse.
For our very anxious pets (after veterinary consultation and discussion) we can, if required prescribe anti-anxiety medications.

If your pet has struggled in previous years with anxiety please contact us so we can advise you of the best solution to comfort your pet and help you get through the Guy Fawkes season.

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