Pets

How to help your pet in the fire­works sea­son

EDP Norfolk - - Inside -

WHILE WE might love cel­e­brat­ing Bon­fire Night and the sights and sounds of fire­works light­ing up the sky, for some pets it can be a ter­ri­fy­ing, up­set­ting time of the year.

But there are plenty of things you can do in ad­vance to make the ex­pe­ri­ence more bear­able for an­i­mals of all sizes – from some sim­ple steps in your home, to more ad­vanced so­lu­tions.

THUN­DER JACK­ETS

Thun­der jack­ets for dogs come in dif­fer­ent styles and sizes and are a non-medic­i­nal ap­proach to treat­ing fear re­sponses and anx­i­ety. They are based on the con­cept of swad­dling – just as with new ba­bies it can help them feel more se­cure. The com­pres­sion feel­ing from the thun­der jacket can make anx­ious dogs feel more safe and calm. The coats have ad­justable fas­ten­ers that fit dogs of most sizes and are made from durable fab­rics that com­press much like Span­dex does for hu­mans.

SYN­THETIC PHEROMONES

This syn­thetic copy of a nat­u­ral pheromone re­leased by a mother dog af­ter giv­ing birth which com­forts and sup­ports her pup­pies is used to re­duce stress. It can be ad­min­is­tered in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ways, in­clud­ing plug-in dif­fusers which you can use in dif­fer­ent rooms around the house; col­lars, which con­stantly re­lease the ap­peas­ing pheromone; sprays and tablets.

A THER­APY PACK

The char­ity Dogs Trust has cre­ated a spe­cial ther­apy pack ‘Sound Ther­apy 4 Pets’ to teach your an­i­mals to be less scared of loud noises. Work­ing with vets and us­ing clin­i­cal re­search, they have cre­ated a col­lec­tion of how-to-guides and specif­i­cally recorded noises that all pup­pies and dogs need to get used to, in­clud­ing traf­fic, thun­der and fire­works.

The sound based treat­ment pro­grammes are avail­able for free at www.dogstrust.org.uk

AN­I­MAL BEHAVIOURIST

Fire­work pho­bia is a treat­able con­di­tion and if you can’t find a so­lu­tion, ask ad­vice from your vet and they might be able to re­fer you to a pro­fes­sional clin­i­cal an­i­mal behaviourist.

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