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FIREWORK ADVICE

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Zasman Vet Islington

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TOP TIPS FOR DOGS

  • Prepare a ‘den’ for your dog, so that they have somewhere to hide during the fireworks. Encourage them to use it by hiding healthy food treats or toys there. If your dog hides in a corner or under a bed, leave them alone and do not try to coax them out. This ‘bolthole’ is where they will feel most secure and must be accessible at all times. You can further help create this comforting ‘den’ for your dog by using a plug in D.A.P.® Diffuser + DAP Spray
  • On the evenings you expect fireworks, ensure your dog is safely inside and secure doors and windows
  • Make sure your pet is microchipped. If they do escape, frightened, confused animals can easily get lost
  • Ensure your dog is taken out for a walk early in the evening before the fireworks start
  • Draw curtains to reduce the noise from outside and play music or have the TV on to help mask the noise of fireworks
  • Ignore any fearful behaviour and do not try to comfort your pet. The animal will pick up on your anxiety and this may make the problem worse. Fussing a pet that appears frightened can reward and encourage this behaviour
  • Don’t punish your pet. This only confirms that there is something to be afraid of
  • Try not to go out while the fireworks are going off. Seeing you acting normally will help your pet feel more settled

HOW TO SPOT SIGNS OF STRESS IN YOUR DOG

  • Trembling and Shaking.
  • Clinging to owners.
  • Barking excessively.
  • Cowering and hiding behind furniture.
  • Trying to run away.
  • Soiling in the house.
  • Pacing and panting.
  • Refusing to eat.

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TOP TIPS FOR CATS

  • On the evenings you expect fireworks, ensure your cat is safely inside and secure doors, windows and cat flaps. If your cat is not used to being kept in, use Feliway spray to help reduce unwanted behaviours.
  • If your cat hides on top of cupboards or under furniture, leave them alone and do not try to coax them out. This ‘bolthole’ is where they will feel most secure. It is important that your cat can access their favourite bolthole at all times.
  • Plug in a Feliway® Diffuser in the room where your cat spends most of their time 48 hours before the festivities. This will increase their sense of security
  • Make sure your cat is microchipped. If they do escape, frightened, confused animals can easily get lost
  • Ensure your cat is provided with a litter tray both before and during the firework season
  • Draw curtains to reduce the noise from outside and play music or have the TV on to help mask the noise of fireworks Ignore any fearful behaviour and do not try to comfort your cat. More importantly, do not try to pick them up or restrain her. Fearful cats prefer to be left to cope on their own
  • Try not to go out while the fireworks are going off. Stay calm and act normally
  • In multi-cat households, shutting cats in overnight may cause disharmony amongst your pets. A Feliway® Diffuser may help lower inter-cat tension
  • If you are worried that your pet is taking a long time to recover from the firework festivities, speak to your vet

SIGNS OF STRESS IN CATS

  • Cowering and or hiding behind or on top of furniture
  • Trying to run away
  • Soiling the house
  • Refusing to eat