Keep your pets calm this Guy Fawkes
The Guy Fawkes fireworks celebrations on November 5 can severely stress animals.
With over 60 per cent of Kiwis owning either a cat or dog, New Zealand ranks the second highest in pet ownership per capita across the globe.
It is beaten only by the US, according to a 2016 report from The New Zealand Companion Animal Council.
Dr Warren Stroud of Animates Vetcare says preventative measures to ease stress on pets are crucial.
“The startling lights and sporadic bursts of sound that come with fireworks can be very frightening for any animal,
“For example it’s an animal’s natural instinct to hide, so getting them inside and creating a `den’ of favourite blankets, beds and toys will help them feel safe,” he says.
Stress-relieving product, such as Adaptil collars, sprays and diffusers release a synthetic version of a natural pheromone, creating a calming and comforting effect on dogs and puppies in stressful situations such as storms and fireworks.
Feliway is the feline equivalent of Adaptil and is safe to use for both cats and kittens.
The Thundershirt is a simple device — a tight-fitting shirt provides a gentle, constant pressure that has a calming effect for most pets if they are anxious, fearful or overexcited.
These products can be found a pet stores and vets.
For pets with severe anxiety please make an appointment with your vet who can prescribe anti anxiety medication if needed.
If your pets want to hide, that’s fine. Create a ‘den’ of favourite blankets and toys to provide a safe place.