November is set to be a dazzling month, with both Fireworks night and Diwali taking place. For us humans, these are exciting celebrations with sparkling displays of impressive fireworks lasting for hours.
For many animals however, loud bangs and flashing lights can be terrifying, and may leave them shaking in fear – or worse, running away from home in a blind panic. Here’s how to help your cat or dog cope:
“Loud unexpected bangs can be perceived as a real threat and trigger the flight response in your dog or cat. Running away is a survival instinct but by planning ahead you can ensure your animal feels they have a safe haven to retreat to in times of fear. Using these steps has really helped my dog, Barley, during fireworks and stormy weather. He’s gone from frantically running around the house panting and trying to scratch his way outside, to lying down in his den with minimal shaking, which stops after a short while. I never close the door on him, but do push it to, so the noise levels are reduced.” Alisa Ford, Mayhew’s Deputy Head of Animal Welfare Community
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