Keeping Pets Safe and Calm During Fireworks Season
Fireworks season can be a time of celebration for humans, but it can be a terrifying and stressful experience for our beloved pets. The loud bangs and bright flashes can trigger anxiety and fear in animals, leading to various behavioural and health issues. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help keep your furry friends safe and calm during this stressful time. In this blog, we will explore these products and provide tips on how to use them effectively.
Pheromone Diffusers and Sprays
Pheromone diffusers and sprays release synthetic versions of calming pheromones that mimic those naturally produced by mother animals to soothe their offspring. These products can create a sense of security and calm in your pet during stressful situations like fireworks. You can plug in diffusers around your home or spray the pheromone spray on your pet's bedding or in their environment. Brands to look for include Feliway for cats, Adaptil for dogs and Pet Remedy which works on all pets in the household.
Calming Treats and Supplements
There are a range of calming treats and supplements that can help alleviate anxiety in pets in both tablet and liquid form. These products often contain natural ingredients like chamomile and valerian root which have been known to have calming effects on animals. Look out for Dorwest Scullcap and Valerian, Zylkene or Kalm Aid.
Secure Pet Crates and Safe Spaces
For some pets, creating a safe and secure space can be the best way to help them cope with fireworks. Invest in a sturdy pet crate or prepare a quiet room with their favorite toys, blankets, and bedding. Make sure your pet's safe space is away from windows and doors to minimise exposure to the fireworks display. For small animals partly cover outside cages and pens with blankets so they are soundproofed and hidden, leaving an area for animals to look out.
Keep Pets Indoors
Keep cats indoors in the evening before the fireworks are due to start and make sure you walk your dog during daylight hours to avoid times when fireworks are likely to be set off. Consider bringing small animals indoors - this will need to be done gradually, so plan ahead if this is something you are looking to do.
Play Soothing Music
Try Classic FM's Music For Pets playlist on Spotify
Conclusion: Fireworks season doesn't have to be a time of stress and anxiety for your pets. By thinking ahead and being prepared you can help keep your furry friends safe and calm during the festivities. Remember that every pet is unique, so it may take some trial and error to find the right combination of products and techniques that work best for your specific animal. Remember: never punish your pets when they're scared, as this will only make things worse in the long run.