It's coming up to New Year's Eve and you know what that means - fireworks!
Fireworks can be a scary and confusing time for our pets so we’ve put together a list of things you can do to help them cope.
- Make sure your dog or cat is microchipped and wearing an ID tag with your phone number on it, in case they become lost. It’s a good idea to keep them indoors if possible.
- Please don’t tie your dog up. They can get overly anxious and may cause themselves harm trying to escape.
- Making sure your dog has had plenty of exercises and has been fed will help to settle them. Plenty of playtime during the day should help with some of the nerves that night.
- Create a comfortable hiding place for your pet so they can feel safe and secure. This could be in a dark room or a burrow created with pillows or blankets.
- Distraction! If you’re home, it’s a good idea to put on some music to help mask the noises from outside. You can even try and distract them with treats and toys.
- Invest in an anxiety vest for your pet. Not only does this help with the anxiety of fireworks, but storms and other loud noises too. It creates a gentle and constant pressure that gives a calming effect on most dogs.
If you are concerned, please speak to a veterinary professional for options.
Take this time to make sure that you go into the New Year with a happy, safe pet and make 2019 your best yet!