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Fireworks

If you know your pet is afraid of fireworks it is worth contacting us for advice several months before Fireworks Night or New Year.

A very successful approach is desensitisation. CDs with the sounds of bangs and other distracting or scary noises are available, which can be played for your pet over several weeks or months, gradually increasing the volume. At the same time, you can feed or train your pet, or give it toys to distract it from the noises.

You can also get a pheromone device called an Adaptil diffuser, which is like an air freshener that disperses calming pheromones into the air – contact us if you would like more information about these.

Dogs and cats should always be kept inside during fireworks season. Make sure you don’t take your dog out for a walk if there might be fireworks – go for a walk earlier in the day. If your dog does need to go outside, ensure it has a collar tag and keep it on a lead at all times. If your pet is not microchipped, you might want to consider this.

Prepare a den that is in an isolated place from the fireworks, where your pet likes to be. Darken the area to prevent flashes and pad with old duvets to reduce the sound of fireworks. Make sure that your pet is comfortable there and has free access to the den, even when you are not there. Plug the Adaptil diffuser in next to the den approximately two to three weeks prior to Bonfire night and leave it switched on all the time, not just at night.

We can provide sedation, but please understand that this doesn’t necessarily prevent the animal from being scared by fireworks. We would recommend this only as a last resort.

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