Does your pet have a hard time with fireworks? Here’s some hints and tips to help everyone get through (hopefully!) stress-free.
Providing lots of mental and physical stimulation is the most important factor in reducing anxiety. Ideally try and get them focused on something else before the stressor becomes overwhelming. Ways to accomplish this are:
Thundershirts – this is a firm fitting jacket that applies gentle, constant calming pressure, similar to swaddling an infant child. For best results the shirt needs to be fitted at least 15 minutes before the adverse event.
Adaptil collars and Feliway spray – these are a synthetic version of the calming pheromones (the feel good smell) which the mother emits to her puppies, and cats rub all over you when they mush you with their faces. It is said to have the same calming effect on adult pets in times of distress.
Royal Canin® Calm Diets – These diets are scientifically formulated to help support emotional wellbeing in cats and dog. Scientifically formulated with the hydrolysed milk protein alpha-casozepine and an adapted ratio of the amino acid L-tryptophan, CALM helps support pets’ emotional balance.
We also stock a number of over the counter natural calming remedies, and can book a consultation with a vet for those that need a little more to take the edge off.
Remember that there is generally an underlying genetic predisposition to dogs presenting with fearful behaviour; however fear is a predominantly learnt behaviour – and what is learned can be unlearned. For a long term solution, desensitisation programmes can be used – come into the clinic and we can discuss options with you.