Provide a den or hiding place: Animals naturally hide when they are scared and it can help to provide a ‘safe place’ which they can squeeze into like an under stairs cupboard or indoor kennel. An ideal place is somewhere near the centre of the house, or somewhere they have previously hidden.
Muffle the sound of fireworks: Close curtains, shut doors and windows and have your pet near to the centre of the house. Put on the TV or radio to mask the bangs.
Keep them inside: Don't let pets outside when fireworks are likely or during a display.
Don't over fuss them: This can be difficult, but if they rely on your comfort during scary events, they will be less able to cope when you are not at home.
Stay calm yourself: Most pets can sense when their owners are worried, and this increases their stress.
Don’t get angry: Although your pets behaviour may be annoying, it is happening because they are scared and getting cross will make them worse.
Prepare for unusual behaviour: Fear can make your pet behave out of character. For example, if they anticipate that going into the garden predicts a loud noise, they may hide or show aggression to avoid going outside.
Talk to your vet: Here at Manor we are able offer short term measures which may include medication such as Sileo. This will help reduce your pets stress during upcoming firework events and help prevent their fears becoming worse. We also offer Thunder vests which offer a gentle constant pressure that has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs.
For more information about a preventative approach please call us on 0121 422 5411
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