How to Keep your Pet Safe this Firework Season
Here are Doghouse's Top Tips for Reducing Anxiety
We may love the fireworks that fill the sky with bright and beautiful colours, but often our pets don't and this blog gives lots of brilliant top tips for helping keep them safe this November 5th.
Here are our top 5 products for reducing anxiety around firework season. Some are specifically designed for reducing stress and others we’ve just found to be useful at distracting your dog and keeping them busy when the loud bangs happen!
1. Calm Xtra
This is simply a fantastic product. Calm Xtra is an all natural herbal remedy that uses botanical extracts to ease anxiety and hyperactivity in pets. Can be given around half an hour before the stressful activity, such as fireworks, are likely to occur, in their water or food, and it begins working very quickly. Liquid drops make this super easy to administer. We use Calm Xtra in our grooming salon if we know the dogs are likely to be stressed and we recommend it to all our customers whose dogs suffers anxiety.
These brilliant toys are great at distracting your dog when smeared with pastes such as peanut butter or wet food. The varying ridges on the Lickimat each have a different effect on your dog, the “Soother” is particularly calming and often recommended for puppies but equally brilliant for older dogs at stressful times such as firework season. We’ve created a fabulous video where we talk much more about these brilliant toys on our YouTube channel as shown below. They’re even great for freezing, so why not cover in some Liver Paste on the 4th November and pop it in your freezer overnight as a ready-to-go soother on Firework night.
These fantastic bone shaped treats were developed from a recipe crafted by Michel Roux and contain Flaxseed, Camomile and Pumpkin seed (an effective source of tryptophan, encouraging the synthesis of serotonin and melatonin). These sleep enhancing treats work perfectly as a regular treat for bedtime but can also be used to reduce anxiety this season. Plus, they come in a beautiful storage tin so what more could you need?!
Specifically designed to reduce anxiety in pets, this plug-in diffuser is a long term solution to treating your pet’s stress. It can be left plugged in for 6-8 weeks and refills can easily top it up after this duration. Natural active ingredients from a blend of essential oils including Valerian will reduce stress levels in a wide range of pets, even in humans too!
5. Pet Blankets
A blanket can be a really simple way of reducing your pet’s stress around firework night. They can provide a safe place for your dog to hide from the bright flashing lights and if you wash with your laundry detergent then sit with it on the sofa for a few nights before, it should start to smell like you and therefore your dog will associate it with comfort and safety. Great for burying under and creating a warm space to hide in all evening, sounds great to us!
What can I do around my home to reduce my pets anxiety on firework night too?
We’ve compiled a list of useful things to remember, remember when 5th November approaches:
• Make sure you are indoors on firework night and shut all windows and doors within the home so your dog or cat cannot escape, as loud noises can cause them to dart away unexpectedly.
• If you do go on a walk, make sure your dog is on its’ lead at all times to reduce the chance of them running away when anxious.
• Close all curtains to reduce bright flashes into the home which can scare your pets.
• Provide lots of cuddles and let your pet know you are nearby!
• Let them snuggle up with their favourite toy and a soft blanket so they feel safe.
• Make sure your pet has access to fresh water at all times, and you may want to treat them to their favourite snack too, for being so brave!
We hope this blog post will help lots of you who are concerned about your pets wellbeing around bonfire night but if you take extra precautions to make sure they’re safe, it should be an enjoyable night all round!