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Is your pet afraid of fireworks?

October 30, 2017 | by kate.allen@hooknortonvets.co.uk | Pets

Many pets are afraid of fireworks, due to the loud noises (e.g. bangs and whistling) that they make. Around this time of year, it is important to know the signs that could show your pet is afraid or stressed. These include:

  • Hiding away 
  • Shaking 
  • Ears are back
  • Excessive panting 
  • Excessive barking 
  • Drooling 
  • Less interaction with you 
  • Acting withdrawn 
  • Excessive grooming – especially cats 
  • Under or over eating 
  • Restlessness or hyperactivity, for example pacing or fidgeting 
  • Toileting in the house, or for cats, not in their litter trays 
  • Any change in your pet’s normal behaviour 

 

How can I help if my pet is feeling scared?

Dogs:

  • Ensure they are kept inside, with all windows and doors closed
  • Close the curtains and turn the TV or radio on (if they are used to these noises) to muffle the sound of the fireworks
  • Avoid leaving your pet alone in the house
  • Ensure that they have a bed or safe area that they can go to if they want to
  • Do not take them out for a walk at night when fireworks are likely to be set off

 

Cats:

  • Keep your cat indoors
  • Ensure all windows and doors are closed
  • Ensure that your cat has a warm, safe area that they can hide away in, preferably somewhere that is usually their favourite place to go
  • Provide a litter tray, water bowl and food/treats
  • Avoid leaving your pet alone if they are stressed or frightened

 

In addition to above, there are a number of prescription medications, supplements and herbal remedies that can help your pets, as well as plug-in pheromone diffusers. We recommend that you speak to your veterinary surgeon if you would like to explore these options in more detail. Contact us on 01608 7305801.

Written by kate.allen@hooknortonvets.co.uk

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