Autumn has arrived and with it bonfire season and fireworks.Happy cat

Unfortunately many pets are afraid of loud noises and some may go on to develop a noise phobia. Normal fears are natural as they protect from harm, but phobias can get worse over time and most pets don't tend to 'grow out' of noise phobias.

 

 

Signs to  a happy doglook out for are extreme reactions- e.g. toileting in the house, shaking, salivating, cowering or running away. Pets with phobias become more scared the longer the noise goes on and remain afraid long after the noise has stopped.

 

We have put together a list of Do's and don'ts to help your pet through this time of year. If you think your pet has a noise phobia it would be worth to contact us to discuss further treatment options and long term strategies to deal with the problem.

 

Plug in diffusers, collars and sprays which are based on pheromones dogs and cats produce to comfort and reassure them are often useful to help your pet through this periods. Ask for Adaptil for dogs and Feliway for cats in the practice.

 

There are also some herbal products like Scullcap and Valerian, which can be very effective in reducing anxiety in cats and dogs. Ideally all of the above should be started some time before the event. Contact the practice for more detailed advice and if you are interested in trying either of the above.

 

Here are some Do's and don'ts:

 

Do

  • behave normally if your pet displays fearful behaviour, such as panting, shaking and whining
  • provide a safe den or covered area for your pet
  • provide a litter tray for cats, so that they can safely stay inside
  • ensure your pet is microchipped or has an identification disc (in case they run off when frightened)
  • in the run up to fireworks night walk your dog when it's still light outside
  • make sure windows and doors are closed and cat flaps locked up
  • use blinds or draw curtains to muffle noise and hide flashing lights
  • put the tv or radio on to mask the noise of fireworks being let off
  • behave normally if your pet displays fearful behaviour, such as panting, shaking and whining

Don't

  • punish your pet ! This will only make your pet more distressed
  • comfort or cuddle your pet, as that reinforces the idea that there is something to be afraid of
  • shut the door of your dog's crate or lock your cat in a carrier
  • leave your pet alone when fireworks are going off

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