With the festive season upon us, fireworks may be on the cards. Check out VetMeds 'top tips' to help your pet get through what can be an anxious experience:
If you know when there will be fireworks, take your dog out for a good walk during daylight hours to burn off some energy.
As night approaches, close the curtains and doors to reduce the sounds and sights of the fireworks.
Give your pets someplace to hide such as under furniture, in a wardrobe or cupboard or even in their kennel. But don't lock them up in anything small if they are distressed or likely to injure themselves.
It is fine to comfort your pet if it helps them to relax. For some pets, a slow, gentle pat on the chest and your body warmth can be very relaxing.
Remember that some pets like to be left alone when anxious or stressed so let your pet tell you what it needs from you.
Never punish your pet in this high-stress situation as this will make it worse for them, now and in the future.
Make sure your dog or cat cannot escape by closing the doggy door or cat flap.
Ensure your pet's microchip details are up to date so that if it does escape it can be traced back to you quickly.
Seek veterinary advice before the time of fireworks as your vet can help you with an appropriate calming, anti-anxiety sedative to make fireworks less of a stress for your pet.