Noise Phobia – Firework Season
October 18, 2022
As an owner, how do you help a pet who has a fear of loud noises, particularly fireworks? A programme of desensitization is the best, long-term approach to help support a pet who has a fear of firework noise or noises in general. This approach takes time, dedication and patience and will mean working at your pet’s pace, taking a step back in the process if needed. It is advised that you don’t use the programme or do any of the tasks from the programme on a day where fireworks might go off, rather spend enjoyable time with your pet to help keep them happy and calm for the evening ahead.
You can access the programme on the DOGS TRUST website and download the step by step guide and sound files associated with the programme.
Short Term (on the night)
There are many other steps owners can take to help reduce the stress from firework noise. Not all will work or work on their own, but together they will go some way to reducing the feelings of fear and stress your pet might experience.
- Build a den (safe space) – create a den for your pet and locate it somewhere quiet with subdued lighting. Cover it with blankets to muffle sounds. Make sure their is water and food available in the den so they don’t have to leave their safe space. You can also sprinkle small amounts of food in the den to distract them.
- Pheromone plug-in diffusers – these are a synthetic replication of their mother’s appeasing hormone which helps mum and pups bond and communicates that they are safe. Use in the place they spend most of their time or where they hide to feel safe.
- Toys – for pets who are food motivated, you can provide a lick-e-mat or Kong toy that will help to distract and calm your pet. There are some great recipes available on #thebluecross website that can be put into a Kong toy or spread onto a mat.
- Medication – for those pets that really do struggle, we are able to prescribe medication that will help calm and relax your pet. Contact the team for more information and to discuss your pet’s specific needs.
For advice on how to support your cat through the season, visit the CAT’S PROTECTION LEAGUE
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