Looking after your pets during firework season
Vets are urging animal owners in Airdrie and Coatbridge to start preparing their pets now to prevent distress during the fireworks season.
People with pets who are severely distressed by fireworks or other noises are encouraged to visit their vet to discuss treatment options by the British Veterinary Association (BVA).
A phobia of fireworks can be effectively treated with behaviourmodification techniques, which can achieve long- term success with professional input and owner commitment and patience.
For less severely affected animals, BVA is offering the following advice:
– Create a well-padded den for pets so they have a safe place to hide when fireworks start.
– Pheromone products, prescribed by vets, can be used around the house to help calm them.
– Ensure pets are microchipped and their details are up to date, in case it runs away from home.
– Move small pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs to a quiet place indoors.
– Close windows and curtains and provide background noise to help mask the fireworks.
BVA President Simon Doherty said: “Even if you don’t expect your pet to be anxious, consider staying close at hand on the noisiest evenings, providing background noise when fireworks are going off and, most importantly, staying calm yourself.”