Adults and children alike look forward to fun and fireworks on Halloween, when the night sky explodes with colour, but we sometimes forget that a lot of animals suffer terrible anxiety as a result of loud noise and flashing lights. Some animals are so traumatised that they still don’t want to go out the next morning.
With a bit of preparation, pet owners can reduce this stress. They can even take measures to ensure that nothing happens the cat or dog on Halloween and that the animal doesn’t flee in panic.
Calm your dog
You can begin making things easier for your furry-nosed friend a few weeks before the event. That’s when many animal lovers start with a calming treatment or insert a plug into the mains socket which gives out pheromones. These can have the effect of alleviating the stress, so a plug should already be fitted two weeks before the firework evening to allow its effect to unfold fully. You can also give food supplements which will strengthen the animal’s nerves. Maxi Zoo stock a range of relaxing treatments for pets like Adaptil and Feliway to keep pets feeling calm. You can see the full range and pick the best one for your pet with help from our store staff.
Get them used to it
You can even wipe away a bit of the panic over loud bangs using a noise CD. Play the firework CD very, very quietly at first. Reward your dog for calm behaviour and increase the volume bit by bit. This way the creature gains confidence and takes it on board that nothing happens despite all the detonations.
Keep your dog inside
As the turn of the year approaches, dog owners should in any case make sure their free-roaming friend stays in the warm living room instead of cruising around outside where it might run off scared stiff somewhere and injure itself when the fireworks kick off. Ideally, you should bring doggie inside during the daytime. If a big one goes off really close by, the dog can also run off into the unknown in shock, so better in the house.
Make things easier for Fido
On the evening itself, create a safe refuge for your dog by drawing the curtains. Many animals are even afraid of the flashing lights! The creature will feel more secure in the semi-darkness. Apart from that, you can put on some music or switch on the television so that the noises from outside can’t be heard so easily. You can also help your pet a lot through your own confident behaviour: look self-assured and relaxed and that’ll put it across to Fido that that everything’s OK despite the loud bangs. Don’t under any circumstances comfort a trembling animal by talking soothingly to it and stroking it sympathetically, that just reinforces the panic. Allow your pet to sit by you. Animals who suffer full-on panic attacks on Halloween can also be given tranquilisers. But beware: only use medication which your vet has given you for your pet. Animals can react to human tranquilisers in a highly agitated manner. So discuss the use of medication with your vet in good time so that your pet can also have a happy Halloween.
Call into your local store today to chat to our store staff about the best calming product for your pet.