Nov 5th is rapidly approaching and animals can find this noisy period very distressing.
Signs of distress may include shaking, hiding, panting, restlessness, or being very flat both mentally and physically. They may whine or growl or be aggressive or destructive.
There are a few simple tips to help safeguard your animals during this period:
Exercise your pet before dark.
Keep your animals in after dark, only taking dogs into the garden if absolutely necessary, then not alone.
Adjust meal times as a fearful animal may not eat and an animal with a full stomach may be more settled.
Provide a safe haven for your animal and let your pet decide where this will be and make the area comfortable with bedding, favourite toys and water. Let your animal choose whether he/she decides to stay in the safe area or whether they prefer to be with you.
Play some background music to mask the sounds and draw the curtains or blinds to eliminate the flashes.
Never take animals to fireworks displays in the hope that they may learn to enjoy the experience.
As a rule a dog exposed to a variety of sights and sounds from an early age is better prepared to cope with all life experiences. There is however no guarantee that a dog previously unaffected by fireworks will not suddenly show a fearful reaction later in life. If your pet shows any signs of fear, try to ignore their behaviour. Leave them alone – unless they are likely to harm themselves.
Talk to us about pheromone diffusers (DAP). These disperse calming chemicals into the room, and may be a good option for your dog. They are also available in collar or spray form.
Zylkene is use for cats or dogs to reduce anxiety and is an alternative to DAP. It is a powder based on a protein found in bitches’ milk which is sprinkled on the food once a day.
In some cases, your vet may even prescribe medication.
Don’t forget small animals
If your pets live outside, partly cover cages, pens and aviaries with blankets so that one area is well sound-proofed.
Make sure that your pet is still able to look out.
Provide lots of extra bedding for your pets so that they have something to burrow in.
Finally please check unlit bonfires for sleeping wildlife, e.g. hedgehogs.