At this time of year, as the nights draw in and the days get shorter, our thoughts turn to celebrating Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night! With the celebrations arranged, it is also time to prepare for your pets care. A little bit of advanced planning can make events like these much easier for your pets.
In advance, get your dog or cat used to loud noises. You can pick up firework soundtracks in all the usual places and play them at random times. Make sure that you are around but not reacting to the noises so your pet knows not to worry about them.
If you have a particularly noise responsive dog or cat, a trip to the vets for advice before the fireworks start is recommended. We have a range of medications – both prescription and non-prescription – that can help your pet to stay as calm as possible. Some of them need to be started a few days before the event so please contact your vet in good time.
On the night itself, make sure to secure outside pets in their hutches in good time and cover them with a thick blanket. Get your cats in early and make sure they are ensconced indoors with litter trays and food for the night. Don't try to walk dogs that are noise sensitive when there are fireworks going on and make sure they are indoors, secure and all curtains are drawn. Ideally, put the TV on loudly and snuggle down on the sofa for a cosy night in. Try not to react to the sounds or over-react to them because if you ignore the noises, they will realise it is nothing to worry about. If you have medication for your pets, make sure you have given it. If it is not used in advance, usually you need to give it in a little bit of food an hour or two before the anticipated noisy event.
Using these tips, you should be able to have a happy and relaxed firework season. Please contact us asap if you think your pet might have a problem.