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Helping your DOG feel safe during firework season

October 24, 2018 | by verity.ramus@hooknortonvets.co.uk | Pets

Fear of fireworks is a common problem amongst dogs. This can be
distressing for both dog & owner when this fear becomes severe.
Displaying behaviours such as ears back, panting, shaking,
salivation and barking may indicate a fear response.

It is important to address the problem by creating a desensitisation
programme with a qualified behaviourist well after firework season
(spring time). But until then we can assist your dog in coping with the
next few weeks of Fireworks.

One week prior to fireworks
» Create a ‘den’ for your dog. Make it cosy with plenty of blankets/toys and treats inside.
» Start using a plug in pheromone diffuser or pheromone collar such as Adaptil®.

On the night
» Walk your dog early on when it is still light (ensure they are microchipped as this is a legal
requirement and registered data is correct)
» Move your dog to a darkened room, where you can also relax too.
» Put the telly or radio on and try to engage in a game with the dog, or provide toys/chews.
» Ignore your dog when it displays fearful behaviour, do not try to fuss him or her.
Do not punish your dog when he/she is scared.

After the event
» Continue to implement the pheromone diffuser one week after the event
» Consult a Veterinary surgeon or qualified behaviourist after the season ends to design a
desensitisation programme.

HNVG stock Adaptil® pheromone diffusers, please contact us to find out more.

Written by verity.ramus@hooknortonvets.co.uk

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