“Lots of noise, fireworks, unexpected
callers and unusual environments can lead to unnecessary stress for your pet”Petworld
Halloween can be a very stressful time for pets everywhere. Noise, fireworks and unexpected house callers can lead to unnecessary stress for your pet. While there are some things we can’t prevent, we can try to minimise their stress. Check out some top tips below from our experts here at Petworld.
1. Keep your pet mentally stimulated
Keep your pet occupied using toys, treats and ensuring they have something to focus on other than nearby blasts. During the height of the firework season, it’s important to stick to a strict walking schedule for your dog.
Getting your dog out of the house before the peak firework times gives them something to look forward to. Otherwise they may just be waiting for the terrifying bangs. They’ll also be physically and mentally tired, making rest easier.
2. Minimize Exposure
Keep your pet away from all firework activity and places with a high probability of fireworks. Keep your curtains closed and turn on some source of non-threatening noise in the house, such as a television or radio.
If you have a cat who lives outside and inside, then it’s a good idea to stock up on litter and keep them indoors during the fireworks. However, it’s completely reasonable for your pet to feel anxious indoors with the noise – in this case there’s a pheromone solution which we’ll cover in the next section.
3. Pheromone Solution
Pheromone products can act as a relaxant by mimicking the natural pheromones emitted by a mothering animal to her babies. They can be bought as plug-ins, as collars or as sprays, and can be applied around the areas where your pet spends most of their time.
For cats, Cats Feliway is a synthetic copy of the facial pheromone proven to reassure and comfort the cat. Using it in your home will help maintain the scent that calms your cat and reduces stress. Recommended by vets, it’s very effective and doesn’t affect humans or other pets.
For dogs, Adaptil ‘Dap’ Diffuser is a discrete plug-in that releases a synthetic copy of a canine appeasing pheromone. This is a natural product proven to comfort both puppies and adult dogs. It’s a convenient and unique solution to canine stress which helps to comfort and reassure puppies and adult dogs in challenging situations, preventing or reducing stress-related behaviours.
Another alternative to the pheromone solution is the HempOne Oil for dogs and cats. This product can be mixed in with your pets food and can help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.