Fireworks! - Why we hate them and how to help

As we approach the silly season, and with the arrival of Guy Fawkes – please, spare a thought for our fur-kids!

In February 2015 we adopted a gorgeous Rough Collie, now named Dawn. Until then I was completely oblivious to fireworks and how upsetting they are to our pets.

Consider the following:

·        Your dogs’ senses are far more acute than yours, making these noises more intense for them.

·        When your dog is startled by fireworks they may experience an increase in heart rate, a rush of adrenaline and an increase in stress hormones circulating through the body.

·        Fireworks are far more distressing than a thunderstorm, thunderstorms come with warning signs, like change in barometric pressure and high winds, so dogs anticipate them. Fireworks are sudden, occur less frequently and therefore are more likely to frighten them.

Here are a few tips that could help; you might need to try a couple of different ones to find something that works:

·        My number one piece of advice would be to stay calm yourself, our dogs look to us to interpret a situation, don’t fuss over them too much try to go about your normal business but allow them to stay close to you. This will reassure them that there is nothing to worry about. (This by-the-way, is the same reason you don’t shout at them when they are barking, they think you are joining in!)

 

·        If you are not able to stay at home with them, keep them inside, preferably in a room that is safe and secure, create a space for them with their blankets, and maybe even your pillow (it will smell like you) and a favourite toy.

·        Close the curtains and put the TV on, music is also good, don’t leave the house in silence.

·        After a good meal your pets are more likely to settle and become sleepy than they are on an empty stomach.

·        Give them something to chew on. If you have already spoilt them with a box from MY PET BOX, you are guaranteed to have something nice for them.

·        Don’t dismiss the thought of using a sedative, speak to your veterinarian, they deal with these types of situations on a daily basis and will steer you in the right direction.

·        Last and by no means least, ensure that your pets are clearly labelled – I mean collars and micro-chips guys! Should they be frighten and manage to get out they will run! Help all the good Samaritans that go around gathering up lost dogs to reunite them with their owners.