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October 30, 2018
Creating a Safe Space for Cats and Dogs on Firework Night
Walk your dog early and in daylight. If they are out when it starts to get dark they might be jittery and nervous as their senses are heightened and will be aware of unusual sights and smells. If you need to pop into a shop make sure you have someone with your pet whilst you run your errand to reassure them that everything is okay. Never take them to a firework display. Just because they are keeping quiet doesn't mean they are happy and calm in the situation.
It is best to stay home with your pet and praise them for good and calm behaviour. Keep pets distracted: reassure them with praise and cuddles. If they are being overly dependent this is because they feel you are a safe place and is a positive thing for the pet. Research the times of local firework displays in your area and make sure to keep them indoors. If you have to leave, be prepared for them to act out in a negative manner such as having an accident in the house or tearing at furniture. This is due to them feeling stressed, shouting at them will only make the situation worse and frighten them more.
You may want to consider using a relaxant remedy or maybe stockpiling their favourite Treats if your dog or cat is so distressed that they are doing themselves harm. It is best to talk this through with your vet a few weeks beforehand, however.
How Can I Prepare my Home?
If your pet is whining, pacing, hiding or are showing physical anxiety, let your pet act this way, do not try to break their coping mechanism, let it play out. Be near them if they want you, but do not try to disturb them, it is just their way of trying to feel safe.
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Overall try to keep an upbeat and calm vibe for your pets as they look to you for grounding and if they see you panic or worried for their safety this will cause them to feel less safe than they actually are.
"Blue Cross advises that all pet owners seek veterinary help for their animal six to 12 weeks before the firework season begins. Behavioural advice for your pet needs to be sought three to six months in advance."
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