Remember, remember your pets in November !

Remember, remember your pets in November……we know that #BonfireNight can be great fun, but when it comes to our pets, we also know Guy Fawkes has a lot to answer for!  We’ll be sharing tips on our Facebook page during October of things you can do to help your pet feeling safe.

  • Walk your dog early in the evening and bring your cat indoors before dark.

  • Feed your pet earlier in the day (before fireworks are likely to begin).  Once loud noises have started, your pet may become unsettled and not want to eat.

  • Never force your dog to go outside when fireworks are going off.  If they are happy to venture out, make sure that your garden is secure to prevent an escape in the event of sudden panic.

  • The best way to prepare for fireworks is to think like a dog.  They feel scared as they are alarmed by the loud noises of fireworks, but do not understand that fireworks cannot harm them, so feel safer when they have a hiding space.  You can make your dog a ‘dog den’.  Have a look on the internet for examples or ideas.  We will be re-creating one in our Reception so pop in and have a look.

  • Keep windows and doors closed to minimise noise and draw your curtains to reduce flash and bright lights.  This will also help to reduce escape attempts!  It’s also a good idea to switch the radio on as a distraction.

Lastly not forgetting our pets that live outside, partly cover cages, pens and aviaries with blankets so that one area is well sound-proofed, but make sure your pet can still look out.  Also provide lots of extra bedding for them to burrow in.

If your pet is frightened by loud noises, don’t ignore the problem.  You should always seek advice from your vet.  We have a variety of products available such as pheromone diffusers and suppliments to help calm your pet, we also have leaflets and ask about our sound desensitising CD.

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