With the festive season fast-approaching and Guy Fawkes Day taking place on the 5th of November, it is one of the most stressful times for our furry friends. Fireworks can send domestic animals into a panic and increased levels of stress and anxiety can lead to them running away.
Pedigree understands that fireworks form an important part of religious celebrations so here are seven tips to keep pets safe when fireworks are on the cards.
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1. Update your pet’s ID details
Whether your pet has a collar or a microchip, it is important to ensure the information is kept up to date. If your pets do make a run for it, they will be easier for you to find.
2. Stay at home
Dogs are our best companions, so why not show them just how much you appreciate their loyalty and love by staying at home during this stressful time. Your presence will have a calming effect on them when they are scared. If you can’t be at home, then make sure they are kept indoors, or organise a sleepover for them at granny and grandpa.
3. Mask the noise
Try and reduce the noise of fireworks by closing all windows, drawing the curtains and blinds and playing gentle music.
4. Stay calm
As much as we try to keep our pets calm, it is important that we don’t fuss over them too much. The calmer we seem, the more they will realise there isn’t anything to be afraid of.
5. Quiet spaces
Provide your dog with a quiet place to hide, such a travel carrier or in your bed under the covers, to give them a sense of security. Ensure they stay away from the windows. This is to prevent any injuries they could get from trying to jump out.
On the day that fireworks are scheduled to take place (like on Guy Fawkes Day or New Year’s Eve), take your dogs for a run or play fetch in the yard to tire them out and make them feel more relaxed. If vigorous exercise isn’t an option, keep them occupied with their favourite toys or give them a treat such as Pedigree’s Tasty Bites or Rodeo treats to keep them distracted.
7. Compression wraps
Thunder shirts are a drug-free, all-natural treatment for dog’s who suffer from anxiety. During fireworks, this naturally calming solution provides a sense of safety for your furry friend.
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