How to Keep your Dog Safe during Guy Fawkes
Guy Fawkes can be an exciting time for us, but for our pets, it can be very stressful. The loud noises and bright lights can be frightening for animals, leading to fear, stress, and even injury.
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What to do before Guy Fawkes
- Make sure your pet has proper identification, including a collar with an up-to-date ID tag and a microchip. In case they manage to escape, having identification increases the chances of a safe return.
- In severe cases of anxiety, consult your veterinarian about the possibility of using medication to help calm your pet during the fireworks. This should only be considered under professional guidance.
Tips for Pet Parents during Guy Fawkes
Create a Safe Haven
Before the fireworks begin, set up a cozy and safe space for your pet to retreat to. This could be a room with their favorite toys, bedding, and some soothing background noise, white noise, such as calming music or a TV. Make sure the area is escape-proof, so your pet can't bolt when frightened.
There are various calming products available for pets, such as pheromone diffusers, anxiety wraps, or natural supplements. Consult with your veterinarian to find the best option for your pet's needs.
Exercise & Play
On the day of Guy Fawkes, engage your pet in some vigorous play and exercise to tire them out. A tired pet is often a calmer pet and may be less prone to anxiety during the evening's festivities.
Close Curtains & Windows
Draw your curtains or blinds to reduce the visual impact of the fireworks. This can also help muffle the sound. Ensure all windows and doors are securely closed, so your pet can't escape.
As the evening approaches, keep your pet indoors. Avoid taking them for a walk or letting them roam outside, as the loud noises and bright lights can startle them. Consider staying home during the fireworks to provide comfort and reassurance.
Distraction and Rewards
Offer your pet some high-value treats or toys to distract them from the noise outside. Positive reinforcement and rewards can help create positive associations with the fireworks.
The Calming Powers of Lavender
Baume Hydratant à la lavande pour les pattes et le corps
Lavender is calming and relaxing due to its aromatic properties and how it interacts with dogs' senses and nervous systems.
Massage the balm around their temple area to help calm your dog during Guy Fawkes.