Bryony The Pet Nurse takes over our blog with some VERY useful advice:
Sadly it won't be long until the dark nights start drawing, this also means that the familiar fireworks will fill the skies. For some pets and owners this can be a very stressful time of year.
Does your dog shake at the sound?
Does your cat climb the curtains?
Don't despair BE PREPARED there are steps that you can take to help your four-legged friends forget their fears. Having a good action plan is the key to resolving firework fear or phobias.
Two months before
Behavioural techniques such as desensitisation and counter-conditioning take time and patience. One of our available products CLIX noise and sounds CD is a successful proven technique for the treatment and prevention of sound phobias in dogs and used effectively can desensitise your pet to the most common noises that provoke fear reactions (fireworks, gun shots, traffic, households, people). Another product Scullcap & Valerian tablets can be useful to keep your pet calm for the duration of any behavioural therapy.
Pets with severe phobias will benefit from being given Scullcap & Valerian tablets three to four weeks before the event.
Less severely affected pets benefit from being given them at least 10 days before the event. Experiment with the dose that works best for your pet, using the dosing guidelines on the label
Up to one week before
In addition to behaviour modification therapy / medication it is important that you create a safe den for your pet to escape to in times of distress. This is preferably an area away from windows, doors and yourself. It needs to make your pet feel safe without you worrying what their doing. If space is an issue, a crate covered over with a thick blanket and filled with comfy bedding, toys, chews, one of your old tops and access to water. To aclimatise them in the den you can give them their meals in there, if they like toys and treats then a frozen Kong toy with Stuff-n-Paste fresh out of the freezer is a lovely distracting treat for dogs.
Cats and dogs may benefit from a few drops of Organic Valerian Compound on their bedding to help them settle into their new area.
Please don't leave things until last minute, Bryony Peacock owner of The Pet Nurse and Registered Veterinary Nurse has extensive experience dealing with sound fears and phobias, make sure your prepared and get in contact.
Bryony Peacock RVN MBVNA
The Pet Nurse
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