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How to help support your anxious pooch through firework season.

We know how stressful it can be if you have a pet with fireworks fear-for both you and them, but we’re here to help...

It can be very distressing for you as an owner and everyone else as well when your dog is afraid, especially when their reaction is extreme. With ‘fireworks season’ becoming longer and less predictable, managing your fearful pet is more challenging than ever. You are not alone,

“According to the Kennel Club, nearly 50% of Dog Owners report that their dog displays fear during fireworks and reports of missing dogs increase by 100% during fireworks season." This can make it an exceptionally stressful time of year especially with Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali, and New Years, all happening within the space of a few months.

Preparation is key

If you know your pet is afraid of fireworks, or suffers with noise phobia, it’s a good idea to start planning ahead–ideally at least a month in advance of the expected event, especially for severe phobias. Start playing firework noises on a low volume and keep your dog distracted by playing with their favourite toy, doing some light training or offer them a Lickimat or Kong for them to enjoy. The idea here is to make the sound of Fireworks become a normal background noise to them, you can gradually increase the volume over time helping them get used to loud noises. If at any point your pooch starts to notice the sound then turn the volume back down and gradually increase again.

Introduce Scullcap &Valerian Tablets

Along side playing firework noises why not give your pooch Dorwest Scullcap & Valerian tablets. The earlier these are given the better for them to help with your dogs anxiety (they can take a few weeks to take effect), they can help naturally relax your pooch. Herbal supplements like this can support with anxiety and help your dog to cope with the stress of fireworks better.

Valerian Compound

For situations that are sudden and you can not prepare e.g. thunderstorms or an unexcepted fireworks display, Valerian Compound is a great short-term and quicker-acting option. It can also be used alongside Scullcap Valerian Tablets as a top-up, if needed.

How they work

The active herbs in these products help to naturally support the calming pathways within the nervous system, reducing anxiety with out immobilising muscles or causing drowsiness. They don’t make pets dopey or wobbly–in fact they are widely used for agility and show dogs when they need to be alert and focussed, but calm.

Check your details

You want to make sure that your details are correct with your poochies microchip company, and ensure that your home and garden. This will help ensure that your pooch doesn't escape when scared and if they do escape that if they are found that you will be able to be contacted straight away to get them home safe and sound.

Additional helpful advice

There are several extra things you can do as well to help ensure your pooch feels as comfortable as possible.

  1. Close the blinds or curtains and make sure any windows and outside doors are closed.

  2. Make them a safe space - this can be a bed in a quiet corner of the room or a crate with a blanket over and their favourite things inside.

  3. Play calming music or put the TV or radio on the help drown out firework sounds

  4. Comfort your pooch - a reassuring cuddle from their favourite person always helps.

Let us help you be prepared!

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