The firework season is just about to start – a time that many pet owners dread. From October through to the New Year fireworks will be going off. Although great to watch, fireworks season is a very stressful and frightening time for many of our pets. Your pet’s distress, caused by the flashes and bangs, may present itself in various ways. Things like shivering, restlessness, chewing, vomiting and hiding are common.
Fear of fireworks and loud noises can be addressed from an early age. Puppies should be exposed to loud noises from birth as part of their socialisation period. Training, however, can be difficult to enforce in dogs that have already learnt to be scared of loud noises.
There are some simple things that you can do to help your pet.
There is another aid to help dogs in the form of a plug-in device, very similar to the plug-in air fresheners. When plugged in, the device warms up and gives off a dog appeasing pheromone (Adaptil). This is the same pheromone as that produced by a bitch after whelping which helps to reassure her puppies. The Adaptil has no sedative effect and cannot be detected by humans. A similar diffuser – Feliway – is also available for cats. The Adaptil and Feliway diffusers can be purchased from your vet and it is advisable to install the diffusers as soon as possible before the fireworks start.