Guy Fawkes and his cabal of merry firework enthusiasts will undoubtedly be setting off large numbers of noisy projectiles in a few weeks time. Pet owners are rightly worried about the effect that this will have on their animals and many will suffer enormous stresses and strains that can cause panic and severe anxiety and lead to physical injury. May we suggest that you put in place protective measures well in advance, it may be too near the date to put in place effective conditioning therapy where your pet becomes attuned to noise and flashes but you can provide a safe room for them which will minimise their worries.
Top Five Tips:
- Find a room as far away from any aggravating noise/light source as possible.
- Black the room out with heavy curtains or even blankets. They deaden noise as well as stopping light.
- Put the TV on a high volume and keep lights on bright.
- Stay in with your pet. Remember you are the ‘Pack Leader’!
- Make sure that they are inside well before dark. Once they are agitated they will only get worse with adverse stimuli.
If you do not think that this will be adequate speak to your Vet. Vets can prescribe anti-anxiety and calming medicines that can significantly help reduce the problem but it is always best to tackle the root cause if at all possible.