Remember, remember the 5th of November!
As Guy Fawkes rolls around each year our night skies begin to light up with colour and booming noises. While some of us enjoy the excitement, these celebrations can have a really negative effect on our animals.
Here are some tips to keep your furry friends happy during this time.
- Never let off fireworks in close proximity to animals.
- Keep pets indoors with the windows shut and curtains closed as it gets dark. Familiar noises such as music or the TV could help drown out the bangs.
- Provide somewhere to hide to make the animal feel more secure. Putting your dog in a crate with a blanket over the top often makes them feel more secure. If you don’t have a crate you can build a den/hiding place for your pet with bedding in a cardboard box and a towel over the entrance.
- Try to behave in a calm and reassuring manner. Cuddling and petting too much can provide positive reinforcement of anxious behaviour.
- Try a compressive wrap for dogs such and a thunder shirt or calm coat.
- For animals who get quite stressed with fireworks there are some natural antianxiety options like Adaptil for dogs or Feliway for cats.
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