We’re about to head into that time of year – fireworks. For some it’s really exciting, but for many pet owners it is very stressful.
So here are a few ideas to help keep your pets cool and calm this year.
- Bring your animals inside. This includes small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and birds, as well as dogs and cats. Set up cages or litter boxes as required.
- Close the curtains and turn up the stereo or TV. Playing soothing music (such as classical or meditation music) can help reduce their anxiety.
- Diffuse a few drops of lavender oil to help calm them down (usually we aren’t bit fans of essential oils with animals, but it can be very beneficial at this time of year).
- Create a hideout or ‘cave’ for your pet to retreat into and feel more secure in. This can be a crate or even the table with blankets draped over it.
- Distract them. Play a game or break out the treats if they start to get fearful or anxious.
- Walk them earlier in the day to help burn off some energy.
If you do need to let them out for a toilet break, keep them on a lead in case fireworks go off and they are startled.
- A ‘half wrap’ can help reduce fear.
Image Credit: Doggie Drawings by Lili Chin
- Make sure the bandage or wrap isn’t too tight (you want to be able to slide a couple of fingers under easily). Don’t tie it directly over their spine, move the knot to one side.
It’s a good idea to try it out on your dog in advance. They may only be able to handle it for a few moments, so start slowly with them.
Don’t leave your dog unattended with the wrap on.
If you don’t fancy doing the wrap, a ‘Thundershirt’ works the same way as the wrap.
Natural Stress Relief Remedies
- Bach Flower ‘Rescue Remedy’ is a great tool for helping reduce fear in all animals (including horses and livestock). Put a few drops in their water or trough, or feed it to them directly.
- The homeopathic remedy Borax 6c (not the powder) can help reduce fear for fireworks and thunderstorms. Give this remedy twice a day leading into ‘fireworks season’ and while they are being let off. Aconite 30c is another handy remedy which helps address general fears. Can give every 15 minutes during fireworks or a storm.
- If you have cats or dogs that are especially terrified there are products at the vet including a natural Kava-based ‘Calmex’ which can really help reduce fear levels.
Most importantly, comfort your pets and stay with them.
Disclaimer: The information presented here has been written to the best of our knowledge. However, the information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you or for your pet. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted. All health ailments, conditions or concerns should be treated by a qualified health professional.
Posted: Wednesday 30 October 2019