How To Have A Safe And Stress-Free Firework Season
Fireworks frighten many pets. And the stress they create is not only upsetting to see, it can also be detrimental to their health,
particularly when it occurs repeatedly over many months, as is the case during the ‘Firework Season.’ By following the guidelines
below, you can help your pet stay as safe and as stress-free as possible over this period.
1. PLAN AHEAD
2. INCREASE ACTIVITY
Excess energy fuels anxiety and so the more this can be dissipated, the less reactive your pet is likely to be when the fireworks begin.
Vigorous walks and more of them is good for this (unless there is a health reason not to), as is playing games with your pet when you can throughout the day. And, as mental stimulation is often more demanding than physical exertion alone, hiding favourite treats in the garden to be discovered, can be a great way to tire dogs out.
3. KEEP INDOORS
Ensure your dog or cat is at home with all windows and doors secure, well before any fireworks are likely to begin, to ensure they are in the safest possible place.
4. MAINTAIN A REGULAR ROUTINE
Many pets become unsettled by changes in daily habits. It is best therefore, to keep feeding and exercise routines the same as much
as possible. If walks or mealtimes need to be moved to earlier in the day to avoid clashing with fireworks, it is less disruptive do this gradually over the course of a few weeks.
5. GIVE THUNDER and FIREWORKS or FEARS and ANXIETIES
For the best results, start one of the remedies above 3 - 4 hours before fireworks begin. Give hourly or as often as necessary to calm
by dabbing a drop with a clean finger on the lips and a paw. Also mix a little into your pet’s drinking water and sprinkle onto bedding, favourite toys and in safe areas your dog or cat likes to be when feeling anxious.
Thunder and Fireworks is formulated to help pets who are sensitive to loud noises only, whereas Fears and Anxieties is better
suited to dogs and cats who are generally anxious and timid, or are frightened by other things too.
If you are unsure which to choose, both can safely be given together.