With autumn creeping up on us and the nights getting darker earlier, we are moving closer towards one of the most stressful times of the year for our pets – fireworks season.
Fireworks can be really fun for us but incredibly frightening for our pets, especially since they are susceptible to loud and sudden noises which can cause pain in their ears.
More than half of our pets will show signs of fear during fireworks, but we often don’t give it consideration until it is too late.
Your pet need not suffer. This handy essential guide provides you with some useful tips to help you plan ahead and ensure your pet feels safe throughout the fireworks season.
How can you tell if your pet has a phobia of fireworks? Fears may materialise in different ways in different animals. Typically, symptoms may include:
Dogs communicate their feelings in many different ways. The more you pay attention to their methods of communication and understand any changes when they occur, the easier it will be for you to notice when something isn’t right and implement a solution to help them feel at ease.
At Medivet, we recommend that you seek veterinary advice ahead of fireworks season. This is because there are a range of products available that can help and training that can be done in the lead up, but they require a very specific amount of time to implement.
There are a variety of non-prescription, natural products available to help negate feelings of stress and anxiety in pets and they come in different forms such as capsules, sprays, plug-in diffusers, wipes and collars.
Feliway emits a special scent that cats produce naturally when they are feeling comfortable in their environment. This is odourless to people and other animals. The scent gives your cat a feeling of peace and calm and helps reduce stress.
In the same way as Feliway, Adaptil emits a special scent that replicates the pheromone that mother dogs naturally emit just after giving birth to their puppies, which helps ease stress. The pheromone, which is odourless to people and other animals, has a calming effect on dogs in stressful situations.
Zylkene is a product that can help support cats and dogs in stressful situations where they need to adapt their behaviour to cope. Zylkene is very simple to administer and can be mixed with food or given as a treat once a day.
Your vet will be able to advise you on the most suitable products for your pet. Whilst the products listed above can be used as stress relievers for pets with behavioural problems, it is best to seek advice from a behaviourist about the best products to use if your pet is showing signs of aggression. For more information on fireworks safety for your pet contact your local Medivet practice.