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New Year Fireworks

It is fair to say that most people will be glad to see the back of 2020. If you or your neighbours are planning on seeing it out with a bang, here are some tips to help your pets cope.

Provide a den

Create a safe place for your dog by putting a heavy blanket over their crate or a table. Put their bed, bowls and favourite toys in there for them. Do not force your dog to stay in there if they decide curling up with you is their ‘safe place’. Make sure your cat stays in the house and has access to all their usual hidey holes.

Mask the sight and sound of the fireworks

Make sure you have already walked your dog before it gets dark. Draw all the curtains and turn the television or radio up loud. Apparently reggae and soft rock are the most relaxing and classical music helps calm a stressed dog. Get that doggy playlist sorted now!

Distract

Provide your dog with something else to do to distract them. A treat-dispensing toy, snuffle mat or heavy duty chew that will keep them occupied are ideal.

Other things to consider are making sure the garden is escape proof and your pet microchipped should they flee in a panic. Try to remain calm and behave normally around your dog so they don’t pick up on your own anxiety. If your dog gets extremely anxious then contact your vet for medication.

At least we will all be staying at home with our pets this year!

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