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In most cases, cats and dogs are likely to struggle with fireworks at some point in their lives. Animals have acute senses – which means every flash and bang can be unexpected and alarming.

If your pets display any of the following behaviours they need your help:

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Behaviours in dogs

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Excessive barking

Digging up the carpet
Restlessness, such as pacing and panting

Cowering or hiding behind the sofa

Trying to run away or escape

Going to the toilet in the house

Behaviours in cats

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Nervousness, i.e. hiding under a sofa

Over grooming

Trying to run away or escape

Toileting outside the litter tray
Excessive meowing
Scratching excessively on the furniture

How can I help them?

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1. Talk to an expert

Discuss the behaviours displayed by your pets with your vet practice or behaviourist. They will help you take the necessary steps for the short term management of stressful situations.

2. Build a den

It is important that your pets have their own safe place with which they have positive associations. Check out [how to build a den] for more information

 

3. Give them Zylkene calming supplement

A calming supplement like Zylkene can help dogs and cats cope during changes in routine.
It is best to start Zylkene at least three days before the event is expected and continue throughout the changing period – Find out where to Buy Zylkene

Do’s and Don’ts:

Do

  • [For cats] Provide extra litter trays if they are not used to being confined to the house for long periods.
  • Ignore unusual behaviour, such as panting, shaking or whining – unless they come to you first for reassurance.
  • Play with a toy and see if your cat or dog wants to join in (if they want to).
  • Provide distractions like treats or a brand new toy.
  • Try to stay calm and relaxed – your cat or dog can pick up on your emotions.

Don’t

  • Overwhelm them with affection, give no more than usual. Cats and dogs often pick up on their owner’s changes and overcompensating could make things worse.
  • Force your cat or dog to come to you, especially if they are in their hiding place or den.
  • Punish or get angry with your cat or dog – this will only make them more uneasy.

Returning back to work:

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Ask your vet practice or qualified behaviourist for more advice.