To us humans, Guy Fawkes Night and Diwali are exciting dates on the calendar, which are marked with dazzling displays of impressive fireworks lasting for hours. Though we may enjoy the celebrations, many animals are completely frightened by the unfamiliar loud bangs and whizzing of the fireworks, which may leave them shaking in fear or even escaping away from home in blind panic.
However, there are lots of things that you can do to help your pet to cope during this incredibly stressful and frightening period.
At The Mayhew Animal Home we do a number of things to keep the animals in our shelter patiently waiting for their forever home calm and stress-free. Our Dog Adoption Officer, Lisa Guiney, said, “We keep the dogs calm by turning their TVs on in their kennels to drown out the noise of the fireworks, and use pet remedy sprays and DAP diffusers. We also have sound proofing in the kennels which helps a lot, and for sensitive dogs we give them kong toys and activity balls as a distraction, or even put them in a thunder coat, which can really help to calm the dog.” – A thunder coat is a jacket that is worn and wrapped round a dog, which reduces stress and anxiety and helps to reassure and calm your pet.
Here are some more handy tips from The Mayhew to keep your furry friends calm and relaxed during the celebrations:
At The Mayhew Animal Home we are always happy to provide pet owners with advice on how they can keep their furry pals safe during Guy Fawkes and Diwali, so please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or queries.
Photo credit: Bonnie Baker
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