How to help your pet in the fireworks season
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 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.
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
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.