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FROM ALDHAM VETERINARY CENTRE
CARING FOR YOUR FURRY FRIENDS IN THE FIREWORK SEASON
As we leave summer behind u,s we start to look forward
to all things exciting in the coming months - but for our friends
that can bring distress and anxiety as we venture towards Firework
time. Unfortunately nowadays it can be spread across a week if not
two, so it pays to be prepared ahead of time to help them through.
1) A lot of treatments to help with anxiety caused
by fireworks are beneficial if they are started way before the fireworks
are due to start so speak to a member of staff now and we can advise
you of the right course of action.
2) Walk your dogs as early as possible - if you are out at night
when fireworks can potentially go off you will only make their issues
3) Close your curtains nice and early so they don't get the visual
signs of fireworks.
4) Have your television or radio up much louder to drown out the
loud bangs - and boy they get loud!! Try and pick an action film
which will override the outside bangs.
5) Make an area where your pet can hide - ideally with a cover -
pets will try to get in the most ridiculous small places - just
leave them be. A usual place is under the bed - don't drag them
out just leave the lights off and let them feel less threatened
6) Try to distract with toys or treats.
7) Finally, while its hard not to pander to them try not to respond
to them - we're only telling them it's ok to be frightened if we're
over affectionate with them in their distressed state - sit with
them and have a hand on their side but keep it calm, talk to them
PUT THESE THINGS IN PLACE AND WE CAN ALL ENJOY THE FIREWORK SEASON