Pet Finder: Beat fear of fireworksBy Laura Herbert
October 24, 2008
Q. My pet is terrified of fireworks – what can I do? Mrs O’Brien, Southcote
A. A fear of loud and sudden noise is very normal in animals and many owners are already dreading the start of this year’s extended firework season.
Signs of stress in our pets is often easy to spot, they may tremble, hide behind furniture, pace the room, pant or bark excessively, try to run away or soil inside the house.
It is important to stay calm and continue with your normal routine around the house as pets will pick up on your anxiety and this can worsen the problem.
Here are some hints to help keep pets safe and happy.
- Start preparations early – it is easier to keep a pet happy than to calm a pet who has already become stressed.
- Allow your dog or cat to retreat to their chosen hideaway, they will feel far safer. Plugging in a DAP/Feliway diffuser or using a spray will help to increase this feeling of security.
- Fireworks may start early – ensure your pet is safely indoors and secure windows, doors and cat flaps.
- Make sure your pet is microchipped. If they do escape, frightened animals can easily become lost.
- Ensure dogs are used to being taken for walks early in the evening and that they engage in energetic exercise during the day so that they are more likely to be tired and relaxed. Provide cats with a litter tray indoors.
- Draw curtains and play music or have the television on to help mask the sounds from outside.
- Do not try to comfort your pet as this will only confirm there is something to fear.
For more advice call Castle Vets on (0118) 957 4488, visit www.castle-vets.co.uk or www.petfireworkfear.co.uk.
A Tabby and white lady (pictured) has been found in the City Road area of Tilehurst. The three- to four-year-old feline is in good condition and may have got lost. Call Reading and District Cats Protection on (0118) 940 3005.