Bonfire Night is fast approaching and although it can be an enjoyable time for most, we have to remember to ensure our four-legged friends are kept calm and comfortable. 
 
Dogs can hear 4 times the distance of a human and can hear at a much higher pitch than us hence why fireworks can be particularly terrifying for them. 
 
We tend to have an influx of bookings in the Kennels & Cattery at this time of year as our location means we are away from busy bonfires. 
We ensure all our boarders are calm and comfortable and leave our music systems playing overnight to ensure maximum happiness. 
 
Keep anxious behaviour at bay by 
walking your dogs during daylight hours 
putting on music or the television in the house to mask firework sounds 
closing windows and curtains 
making a 'safe' den for your pet to retreat to 
stay calm, act normal and reward your pets calm behaviour 
feeding your pets prior to fireworks as they can often be too anxious to eat 
ensuring they have plenty of fresh water as anxiety can cause excessive thirst 
making sure your pets microchip information is up to date 
 
What not to do 
take your dogs to a fireworks display 
tie your dogs up outside  
let your dogs off a lead around a display 
avoid leaving them alone 
shout at your pet if hes destructive or upset 
 
There are many products on the market that claim to aid anxiety problems in pets and these are a couple of our favourites. 
Dorwest Herbs 
 
Scullcap & Valerian Tablets and Valerian Compound are products that work to calm and relax dogs or cats without drowsiness or sedation.  
 
They are also used for general excitability, hyperactivity and travel-related anxiety. 
 
The tablets used daily provide better coverage and can be used leading up to a specific event.  
 
The Valerian Compoud is faster acting and ideal for unpredicted events such as thunder storms.  
 
They also suggest you can put a few drops on your pets bedding for relaxation. 
 
 
Hownd 
 
Another of our favourites is by a company called Hownd who make cruelty free ethical grooming products and more recently, treats for dogs. 
 
The Keep Calm Conditioning Shampoo contains a combination of lavender and patchouli essential oils to help relax dogs. 
 
The Keep Calm Body Mist can be simply sprayed onto the dogs coat to hekp them feel happier and more relaxed. 
 
The Keep Calm Hemp Wellness Treats have added chamomile known to aid stress and anxiety and to help your best friend unwind. They 100% natural, hypoallergenic, gluten free, grain free and vegetarian. 
 
 
As always we are on hand to offer any advice on these subjects so please free to ring, email or pop into our friendly little shop for a chat! 
 
Tagged as: Anxiety, Fireworks, Stress
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