September 2019: Vets4Pets Blog

September 24 2019

Are you ready for firework season?

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!

Useful links: https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/dog-behaviour-health/sound-therapy-for-pets

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.