September 2019: Vets4Pets Blog
Are you ready for firework season?
With fireworks season being 2 months away, now is the time we need to think about what we can do to help our pets.
In the time before firework season: De-sensitize your dog to the sound of fireworks. This needs to be done carefully, please speak to us or a behaviourist on how to do this.
Plug in calming remedies at least 2 weeks before the event so it has a chance to reach peak effect.
Set up a suitable hiding place such as a crate covered with a thick duvet, or a cat bed in an airing cupboard.
Try thundershirts, or similar, on your pet before the event – make sure they fit.
Start herbal medications a few days beforehand (always follow the instructions). If your pet needs prescription strength medications ensure you have a supply of these at least 2 weeks in advance.
On the day: Cover outdoor pets with thick duvets and pack bales of hay/sawdust around the hutch to muffle the sound. Consider bringing them indoors.
Do not let pets out as it gets dark. Secure cat flaps and block them if you have a cat which is likely to ‘break out’!
MAKE SURE COLLAR AND MICROCHIP DETAILS ARE UP TO DATE- we can check this for you if required.
Close all curtains, put on a radio or television slightly louder than normal to help hide the noise.
Allow them to settle themselves where they are happiest.
If you have a tolerant dog you could try putting cotton wool in their ears – make sure you take it out and that they don’t eat it if they fall out!
If you would like further support, feel free to give our friendly nursing team at Kingswood Vets4Pets a call on 0117 961 6417 and we will be happy to help you.