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Keeping Your Pet Happy & Healthy During Firework Season

Keeping Your Pet Happy & Healthy This Firework Season
31/10/2016 Parkvets

A few tips to keep your pet happy and healthy this firework season

Firework season is upon us. While fireworks are a wonderful part of the festive season for us, for many of our pets, it is a stressful time that fills them with anxiety. Because fireworks can continue from late October until the New Year, it is important to remember that there are several steps you can take to support your pet during this period. Many pets experience high levels of stress, fear, and anxiety from the loud noise and bright flashes caused by fireworks.

Here are a few helpful tips for the firework season:
  1. Create a safe and comforting den where they can hide from the effects of fireworks. Inside the house is best.
  2. Keep your pet inside and ensure all windows, doors, and pet flaps are shut to keep your pet safe and reduce the noise from the fireworks.
  3. Walk your dog early and leave out extra litter trays for your cat to prevent accidents.
  4. Distract your pet with a new toy and by keeping the TV or radio on with the curtains drawn.
  5. If you are aware of a scheduled firework event in your area, stay with your pet to provide a reassuring and comforting presence.
  6. Use a calming prescription such as ADAPTIL or FELIWAY to help relax your pet while they are in their den or safe space.
  7. Do not punish or sooth your pet as this can result in unwanted behaviour habits.

It is important to ensure your pet feels safe and secure during the fireworks season to decrease their levels of stress and anxiety. If you feel that your pet has an exceptionally bad reaction to fireworks and to talk through the best coping mechanisms, please stop in at your nearest Parkvets branch to discuss this with your vet.

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