It’s that time again when the sky is illuminated with wonderful colours, accompanied by the bangs and whistles of fireworks in back gardens and parks.
It’s not all fun though, because many of our dogs are terrified during this time so we need to make sure we’re prepared. Angel has compiled the following tips to make this year as painless as we can:
- Walk your dog before dark - make sure they are well exercised and have plenty of time for toilet breaks before the fireworks begin
- Feed your dog before the fireworks begin as they may become unsettled and not want to eat during the fireworks
- Provide a safe hiding place - at noisy times around bonfire night, make sure your dog has somewhere safe in his or her favourite room, perhaps under the table.
- Keep calm and relaxed – they will pick up any stress
- Close the curtains and turn up the volume on your TV or radio to drown out the firework noises
- Make sure your Dog’s collar isn’t loose, if they do get spooked they may bolt and you want to ensure you can grab them.
- Don't leave your dog alone in the house during the fireworks - they may panic, resulting in injury and distress
- Gently stroke them along their flanks and ears as it helps to calm them
- Never force a dog outside when fireworks are being let off, and even if your dog enjoys fireworks, never let them off lead outdoors when fireworks are being let off.
- Check your garden next day to make sure no stray fireworks have landed and may be eaten by your dog.
If your dog really is bothered by the fireworks we recommend using the herbal remedy Calm Xtra.