CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Kent Life today CLICK HERE

Your pet and Bonfire Night

10:45 01 November 2015

Vet Andrew Wills

Vet Andrew Wills

Archant

Andrew Wills, veterinary surgeon and owner at Toachim House Veterinary Surgery, answers a question on stress at this noisiest time of year for pets

Q: I have a cat and two dogs and they get quite distressed by the noise from fireworks in November. Any tips to help?

 You must stay relaxed and don’t react to the noise, your pet will pick up if you are tense.

 Make sure your pets always have somewhere to hide if they want to and have access to this place at all times. This could be under some furniture or in a cupboard. Wherever they want to hide, let them, even if it means moving items around.

 Always walk dogs during the day and keep cats and dogs indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off. At nightfall ensure windows and doors are closed securely and close all curtains. Put on some music and the TV, also sounds like a fan, dishwasher or washing machine may help mask the noises. It is so important you ensure they can’t escape if they are startled. Play with a toy to see if your dog wants to join in to help distract them, but don’t force them to play.

 Don’t forget outdoor pets! Partly cover cages, aviaries and pens with blankets so that one area is well soundproofed. Make sure that your pet is still able to look out. Provide lots of extra bedding so your pet has something to burrow in. If possible put them into a shed to help them feel safer.

 I have known some dedicated clients who drive out for the evening to remove their dog from the noise. Fireworks tend to spread over several nights but the weekends seem to be the noisiest. Pack some food and drink for you all and take a drive to somewhere peaceful and admire the fireworks from afar.

 Diffusers disperse calming pheromones into the room or, in some cases, your vet may even prescribe medication. If these options are chosen they should be used in conjunction with behavioural therapy. The desensitisation process takes time and a lot of patience. With the commitment will come the reward of ensuring the next firework season will be a lot less stressful for you and your pet. w

Do seek help from the staff at your vets. They will be able to offer you so much more advice, and it’s free! We are always willing to share information to help you and your pet cope with stressful situations.

Shop with us at Great British Life

More from Pets

Tue, 12:16

Adam and Tracy Jones run Brera PR consultancy from Barling Magna, near Southend and are real animal lovers, but no-one gets more attention than cocker spaniels Flash and Rusty

Read more
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Brands Hatch in the Kent countryside is encouraging pet owners to plan ahead of Bonfire Night on 5 November to keep their four-legged friends safe

Read more
Monday, October 31, 2016

Shane Morrison, of Christchurch Veterinary Referrals, makes walkies easier for a basset hound with a deformity

Read more
Monday, October 24, 2016

We caught up with Kim Nolan, owner of Funky Dogs in Chingford, and her three favourite canines

Read more
Monday, October 3, 2016

Superstitions surrounding black cats are highlighted at Hallowe’en and this negative rhetoric has helped fuel a rehoming problem for certain coloured felines

Read more
Monday, October 3, 2016

Liz Leatherdale tells us about her pre-loved pets, Maximas and Mrs Tibbles, and how they have had an impact on her life

Read more
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Megan Elliott, assistant manager and nursery sales co-ordinator at Bababoom in Loughton explains why Cooper is her furry best friend

Read more
Monday, September 12, 2016

Choosing and looking after the right pet for your child might be more challenging than you think

Read more
Friday, August 26, 2016

Minnie the labrador takes the bait and has a lucky escape. Why you need to be careful walking your dog on the beach

Read more
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Nicola Marshall, owner of Classy Canines Dog Groomers explains why her love of animals led her to her dream job

Read more

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad
Kent Life Application Link

Job search in your local area




Local Business Directory

Kent's trusted business finder

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search